Sub-state Actors in International Organizations: Analysis of Local Government Involvement and Influence


  • Shuyi Qu Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Faculty of Law, Department of International Law and International Relationships
  • Jinqiang Wang Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Faculty of Law, Department of International Law and International Relationships



involvement of international organizations, sub-national actors, local governments, smart city, impact of participation


 In order to analyze the influence of sub-national actors on international organizations, this paper uses a questionnaire to survey the level of participation and influence of local governments. As sub-state actors, local governments have their responsibilities and obligations to influence state behaviour in a variety of ways. Local governments need to do the following: the influence and status of sub-state actors on international organizations, whether local governments are sub-state actors and their influence on state behavior, and the uncertain influence of local governments and states on international organizations. The results show that local actors play a secondary role in influencing international organizations, and that local governments are one of the local actors and have a supervisory and binding role on state behavior. The impact of local government and national uncertainty on international organizations is largely based on the outcome of local government involvement. Therefore, it is the state actors who are able to fulfil the responsibilities of international organizations and are participants in the relevant work of international organizations, in which the influence of local government participation on international organizations is more significant.


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