Globalization and Governance

Globalization and Governance

Jon Pierre

Globalization raises important questions about the governing capacity of domestic institutions. In Globalization and Governance, Jon Pierre studies the impact of international norms and prescriptions on domestic governance in Japan, Sweden and the United States.

Chapter 4: Cities and regions in a globalized world: inter-governmental relationships

Jon Pierre

Subjects: politics and public policy, international politics, regulation and governance


The era of globalization is said to be the era of cities and regions. As globalization progresses it “rescales” domestic institutional hierarchies in which cities and regions are conventionally seen as subordinate structures with little choice but to implement central government decisions, and opens up new arenas for subnational government to pursue their interests (see Brenner, 2004; Pierre, 2011b). Indeed, globalization is often said to be localized in cities and regions more than nation states. Urban and regional elites have become what Susan Clarke (2006:56) calls the “key architects of globalization”. In a similar vein, Saskia Sassen points out that “national and global markets . . . require central places where the work of globalization gets done” (Sassen, 2000:81). Globalization, according to Sassen, is localized in “global cities” hosting global financial and institutional actors where corporate headquarters, up-scale housing and “world class culture” share the urban space with immigrants and the urban underclass (Sassen, 1991, 1996).

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