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‘All cities are equal, but some are more equal than others’: Policy mobility and asymmetric relations in inter-urban networks for sustainability

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    Rights statement: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development on 22 June 2018, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19463138.2018.1487444                                         

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalInternational Journal of Urban Sustainable Development
Early online date22 Jun 2018
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jun 2018

Abstract

Knowledge sharing is deemed an important function of transnational municipal networks. However, in the literature on these organisations, a critical discussion of the implications of this process is scant. This article unpacks the mechanisms regulating learning, and examines the cognitive and relational dynamics of knowledge exchange within socio-ecological urban networks. By analysing the experience of a small group of European post-industrial second cities in socio-ecological urban networks, this article shows that network members exchange ideas and practices to tackle urban regeneration issues. The data suggest that, despite touted as a peer-to-peer practice, knowledge sharing reinforces asymmetrical relationships among network members, enabling the ‘soft domination’ of more advanced cities over less successful ones.

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  • transnational municipalism, urban policy mobilities, local governments, urban sustainability, Europe

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