chapter  15
Global and local powers: Rome’s municipal interest Francesco Rutelli
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Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, 1997 As the political evolution of our world continues, global power is emerging. In the age of the city, city powers prevailed. In the age of the nation, national powers. As the global age strengthens and deepens, global powers will grow and consolidate. I lead a city-one of the great cities of the world-but I am a citizen of the planet as well. I and my colleagues face the phenomenon of the “global city”—certain metropolises which have attained global reach, not by virtue of population size but rather through their dynamism, their concentration of talent and what they contribute to the world as a whole. Each “global city” relates to the planet today as much as to the nation in which it resides.1 As John Eade has observed, “the significance of nation-state boundaries and institutions declines as global and local social relations interweave and world-wide social relations intensify”.2