Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Patrick Le Galès ─ What is Governed and Not Governed in the Large Metropolis: Comparing Paris, Mexico (and London and São Paulo)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

4 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

Large metropolis are supposed to be ungovernable and a large body of critical urban studies emphasize chaotic metropolis with millions of interactions and a myriad of actors, undifferentiated urbanization processes, citizenship without cities, corrupt policy processes or irrelevant western theories to make sense of the global south. Legales argues a revised non linear conception of governance might prove more useful to compare and make sense of the transformation of some large metropolis through public policies. He also supports Robinson's call for a more diverse set of comparisons.

Patrick Le Galès is CNRS Research Professor of Sociology and Politics, at Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes and he chairs the “Cities are back in town” and “restructuring the state” research groups. He is a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a former editor of the International Journal of Urban and regional Research, a past president of SASE (Society for Advanced Socio economics), a trustee of the Foundation for Urban and Regional Research. He was educated at Sciences Po Paris, Nuffield College Oxford (M.litt.) and the University of Paris X Nanterre. He was a visiting professor or researcher in particular at UCLA, King’s College London, Nuffield College University of Oxford, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society in Cologne, the Universities of Milan Bicocca, Venise, the University of São Paulo (spring 2014), Colegio de Mexico

Development and Governance Seminar