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Public policies and governance in large metropolises: Paris, London, Ciudad de Mexico and São Paulo

Grant number: 13/23286-7
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): April 12, 2014
Effective date (End): August 26, 2014
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - Public Policies
Principal researcher:Eduardo Cesar Leão Marques
Grantee:Eduardo Cesar Leão Marques
Host: Mike Raco
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University College London (UCL), England  
Associated research grant:13/07616-7 - CEM - Center for Metropolitan Studies, AP.CEPID


This project compares governance patterns in large metropolises in order to better understand the conditions under which they emerge and endure (sometimes incongruously). This research project is being developed comparatively in São Paulo, Paris, London and Mexico City, in collaboration with colleagues from these cities (Science Po, Paris, Bartlett School of Planning in London and CIDE, Mexico City). We do not expect to find unique and consistent patterns in each city (or between them), but different patterns by policy areas operated by diverse combinations of State agencies of various levels of government, as well as societal groups (legal and illegal). The issue involves a long tradition in political science, but our goal is to go beyond the classic question of "who governs?" And investigate "who governs what?" (And "how?"), as well as "who governs what the State does not govern?". The comparison follows case studies design, and investigates the presence of processes and their order and combination. The exact policies to focus in the next phase are still to be decided, but we intend to study the policies of land use, transportation, and garbage collection. (AU)

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