Cities in Intergovernmental Systems

Michael Goldsmith

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Cities in Intergovernmental Systems


This article analyses the relationship between cities and higher levels of government. It explains the theoretical perspectives on intergovernmental relations, and examines the relationship between cities and higher levels of government in Europe and North America. The article provides evidence suggesting that globalization, regionalization, and regulation are important factors affecting intergovernmental relations and the position of cities in countries such as the United States, Canada, and Australia, as well as in developing countries.

Keywords: cities; intergovernmental relations; Europe; North America; globalization; regionalization; Canada; Australia; developing countries

Article.  8897 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; International Relations

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