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date: 19 January 2020

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This article examines the multileveled aspect of urban politics and policy. It discusses issues related to the nesting of cities within specific nation-state contexts, to the more horizontal nesting of cities within wider metropolitan areas, and to the role of cities in the realm of international relations. The article suggests that the “who rules?” question which has undergirded urban politics for generations can no longer be viewed in a formalistic or institutional manner, nor as elite control or multiple and overlapping elite groups, nor focus on the embedded or nested nature of municipal authorities within intergovernmental systems.

Keywords: urban politics, urban policy, nation-state, metropolitan areas, elite control, municipal authorities, intergovernmental systems

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