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KGLM 2001 - Government and Governance of the Metropolis

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The class will start by developments concerning the large metropolis, their change over time and analytical models to understand them which have been developed over time, in relation to globalised urbanisation processes. A second set of lectures deal with the question of governance and regulation of complex societies and is related to the development of various types of states and cities. The relations between states and cities, following C.Tilly, is seen as a key variable to understand the development of governance pattern in large metropolis. The sociology of the state (construction, development, crisis, failures) will be mobilised to understand the institutional and structural constraints of urban governance in large cities. The last and third theme is more related to the question of comparative urban policies and organised around urban problems.


LE GALES, Patrick (Research Director, CEE - Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

12 sessions of 2 hours.

Course validation

A written mid-term exam based upon the readings of five books (2 hours). A research paper based upon the analysis of changing forms of urban governance in one city.


Students are expected to read two papers every week. All the papers will be posted on the Google Drive.

Required reading

  • Edelman, Murray, Politics as Symbolic Action,, Academic Press, 1971
  • Logan, J. R. (ed.), The New Chinese City: Globalization and Market Reform, Oxford, Blackwell, 2002
  • Marcuse, P. & Van Kempen, R. (eds), Globalizing cities: a New Spatial Order?, Oxford, Blackwell, 2000
  • Scott, J., Seeing like a state, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2002
  • Robinson, J., Ordinary Cities, London, Routledge, 2005