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The chapters in Part I investigate the network politics that enable and constrain the flow of ideas, models, and other forms of information. The first three chapters by Justin O’Connor and Xin Gu, Cheng-Yi Lin, and Diganta Das (scholars who themselves have experienced transnational mobility) depict the political construction of global networks constituted by mobile actors, and the institutional frameworks within which these actors operate at various scales, thus providing case studies in the mobile flow of ideas within the broader context of global capitalism. Regarding the worldwide spread of ‘cultural city’ urban development strategies, one prevailing thesis calls attention to the broad context of neoliberal globalization and, in particular, the surge of competitive-driven city-making resulting from so-called flexible specialization in late capitalism. Attention here is directed to the geography of flows – specifically, policy mobility – which is typically assumed to move from the global north to the global south (Prince, 2012). These chapters pay attention to the ‘interplay of forces where a range of actors mobilize, enroll, translate, channel, broker and bridge’ (Allen and Cochrane, 2007, p. 1171) the travelling of policies, ideas, and best practices, which, as argued by Marxist scholars, has always been structured by power relations in the broader context of capitalism (Brenner et al., 2011; McCann and Ward, 2011; Merrifield, 2012; Peck and Theodore, 2010).