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Koncepcja dyplomacji miast i jej znaczenie na przykładzie działań w zakresie kultury
City Diplomacy and its Significance on the Example of Cultural Activities

Author(s): Marta Ryniejska-Kiełdanowicz
Subject(s): Communication studies, International relations/trade, Culture and social structure , Rural and urban sociology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: city diplomacy; culture; promotion; international affairs
Summary/Abstract: Currently, cities tend to fulfil a gradually greater role as the actors of the international affairs; simultaneously, the importance of local structures is increasing along with the promotional function of urban spaces. Local governments belong in associations of various types, which both serves advertisement and stimulates growth. The paper aims at demonstrating that, on the one hand, cities participate in diplomatic actions targeted at the foreign recipients but, on the other, the very same actions address their own inhabitants (the inner dimension), which carries out a particular function. Moreover, it attempts to confront the actions undertaken within city diplomacy with territorial branding, which are the fields that should be complementary. The paper takes its starting point in Rogier van der Pluijm and Jan Melissen’s concept of city diplomacy that identifies the increasing significance of cities in international affairs and their participation within the cross-border projects. These reflections are exemplified by the policies undertaken within the European Capital of Culture project and other cultural projects launched by the European Union.

  • Page Range: 297-309
  • Page Count: 13
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish