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A Globalist Strategy for Calgary

Research Report by Patrick Stewart, Kennedy Smith

Patrick Smith and Kennedy Stewart distinguish between “globalized” and “globalist” cities. Globalized cities respond to the forces of globalization and are shaped by external interests, while globalist cities are proactive, increasing their presence in the world and improving their economy. The authors then propose a strategy to transform Calgary from an international city to a globalist city. They argue the cities that do not take a proactive approach to globalization are left behind, and are thereby deprived of economic benefits, particularly in terms of trade and investment. In analyzing the cases of Atlanta and Denmark’s Oserund region, the authors demonstrated that ‘thinking outside the box’ is essential to avoid falling behind in the race between world cities. According to the authors, such creative thinking relies primarily on using pre-existing assets in new ways.

The authors argue that Calgary ought to reinvigorate its connections with its twin and sister cities. Smith and Stewart also argue that Calgary must develop further partnerships with cities around the globe that reflect the city’s changing multiculturalism and its developing economy. Additionally, they contend Calgary should develop a cohesive policy on a broad range of globalist endeavours including issues like the environment, foreign aid, investment, and social policy. Finally, the authors argue for the creation of a Global Calgary Office to oversee and implement the globalist policies; this office would serve as a, “one stop location for all Calgary’s international activities.” Smith and Stewart conclude that in order for Calgary not to be left behind, and for it to achieve its potential, a forward-thinking and proactive globalist strategy must be adopted.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Patrick Stewart; Kennedy Smith;
Publisher: Canadian Policy Research Networks [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2007; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International; Municipal;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Metropolis
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Economic Development
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Municipal Infrastructure
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Globalization
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Economic Development / 2007
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Metropolis / 2007
Policy Articles / Cities & Communities / Municipal Infrastructure / 2007
Policy Articles / International Trade, Development & Finance / Globalization / 2007


Keywords / Tags:

Calgary; globalization; Europe; development; international; cities; economy;