Learning across borders: The international contacts of municipalities

Part of the Urban Research International book series (URI, volume 2)


The age of internationalisation has also reached local government. Leaders of local authorities are increasingly in touch with their opposite numbers in other countries. The cross-border networks between cities, towns and regions seem to grow denser day by day (Goldsmith and Klausen 1997, Baldersheim and Ståhlberg 1999a). East and Central European mayors are very much a part of this trend. However, not all municipalities and mayors are equally involved in this pattern of cross-border networking. To the extent that important information, economic resources, or strategic advantages flow from membership of such networks, those who cannot or will not take part may be disadvantaged.


Czech Republic Political Culture Pull Factor Push Factor International Contact 
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