Pragmatism or idealism? An urban perspective onto the politics of interurban cooperation for sustainability in the EU

E. Mocca

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Abstract

European cities have been committed to achieve urban sustainability, participating in interurban networks dealing with socio-ecological issues. By examining the incentives derived by the involvement in these networks and the municipal political milieu where the decision about network participation is taken, this article seeks to understand the motivations for European cities to take part in sustainability networks. To do so, a small-N qualitative analysis was undertaken. The results show that cities’ participation in socio-ecological urban networks (SEUNs) is motivated by the economic, political and formative incentives that membership provides, and is influenced by institutionalised values, political agency and previous cooperative experience. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-23
Number of pages23
JournalUrban Research and Practice
Early online date17 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 May 2017

Keywords

  • European Union sustainability
  • local governments
  • transnational municipal networks

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