Annual Convention of the International Studies Association edition:49 location:San Francisco, USA date:25-29 March 2008
In the last decades an extensive literature on the key role played by major cities in economic, political and cultural globalization has emerged. Cities are conceptualized as strategic places in global networks, as sites from which important actors (state, civil society and market) operate and where vital knowledge, infrastructure and services are concentrated. The significance of cities for tackling global environmental challenges urges us to investigate organizational forms through which cities can matter in global environmental politics. Departing from Castells’ macrosociological theory on the Network Society this paper explores the functioning of six city networks of global environmental governance. Within and between these networks norms and practices are spread in various ways. Furthermore, the paper formulates some questions and dilemmas on how to evaluate and value these networks.