More than Food and Folk Music? Geographical Perspectives on European Town Twinning

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This article considers the widespread phenomenon of town twinning, placing contemporary practices of twinning in the context of a long history of attempts to promote municipal cooperation across international borders. This paper argues that such twinnings can be conceptualised as forms of economic and project-based cooperation – albeit one underpinned by a range of symbolic exchanges. Locating twinning within debates on the internationalisation and relationality of cities, this paper thus sketches an agenda for research in which twinning is considered a mutable practice of city governance.

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