Decentralized International Cooperation: a New Role for Local Governments Who Think Globally and Act Locally

International cooperation between sub-state authorities is now emerging as a dynamic and complex phenomenon that is transforming the practice of local stakeholders and at the same time offers the world of cooperation new perspectives and innovative approaches. Post independence strategies that saw the state as the leading actor in managing development have been therefore increasingly challenged. In the following paragraphs there is an attempt to conceptualised “decentralised cooperation” backed up with empirical evidence from the Piedmont Region. International cooperation between sub-state authorities is now emerging as a dynamic and complex phenomenon that is transforming the practice of local stakeholders and at the same time offers the world of cooperation new perspectives and innovative approaches. Post independence strategies that saw the state as the leading actor in managing development have been therefore increasingly challenged. In the following paragraphs there is an attempt to conceptualised “decentralised cooperation” backed up with empirical evidence from the Piedmont Region. International cooperation between sub-state authorities is now emerging as a dynamic and complex phenomenon that is transforming the practice of local stakeholders and at the same time offers the world of cooperation new perspectives and innovative approaches. Post independence strategies that saw the state as the leading actor in managing development have been therefore increasingly challenged. In the following paragraphs there is an attempt to conceptualised “decentralised cooperation” backed up with empirical evidence from the Piedmont Region.