World Cities Summit: Will Mayors Rule the World?

The challenges of running economic governance via the nation-state are many. Especially in a world where technological change is moving about the institutions and production sites we have taken as the foundation of these nation-states.

City and Regional governments are becoming more important (in some cases again), especially evident in the EU, in South Asia, and in famed examples such as secession-prone Quebec or new sub-national states such as Telengana.

It may be some time before Mayors rule the world, but Mayors and Governors are still often future Presidents in Mexico and Brazil, and and therefore noteworthy. However, in South Asia, epsecially in India, Chief Ministers who head up sub-national governments, and Municipal Commissioners -part of the executive, may carry more economic weight and administrative authority than politically elected Mayors.

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