- Studying Politics in an Urban World: Research Traditions and New Directions
- Intralocal Competition and Cooperation
- Urban Politics and the New Institutionalism
- Urban Governance
- Elections and Policy Responsiveness
- Urban Politics as Multilevel Analysis
- Cities in Intergovernmental Systems
- Bureaucracy and Democracy in Local Government
- Reforming Local Government Institutions and the New Public Management
- A Place to Party?: Parties and Nonpartisanship in Local Government
- Local Democracy and Citizenship
- Neighborhoods and Civic Practice
- Social Movements in Urban Politics: Trends in Research and Practice
- Social Capital
- The Centrality of Racial and Ethnic Politics in American Cities and Towns
- Poverty and Social Exclusion
- Polarization and Enclaves in Cities
- Immigrant Incorporation into Urban Politics
- Cultural Conflicts, Religion, and Urban Politics
- What Cities Do: How Much Does Urban Policy Matter?
- Setting City Agendas: Power and Policy Change
- The Politics of Urban Growth and Decline
- Competitive Cities
- Urban Violence in the United States and France: Comparing Los Angeles (1992) and Paris (2005)
- Cities and the Politics of Sustainability
- Justice, Urban Politics, and Policy
- Cities and Politics in the Developing World: Why Decentralization Matters
- The Wired City: A New Face of Power?: A Citizen Perspective
- Suburban Politics
- Building Metropolitan Institutions
- Emerging Research Agendas
Abstract and Keywords
This article focuses on the establishment of metropolitan institutions or metropolitan governance. It suggests that recent metropolitan governance failed to address the major obstacles facing metropolitan institution building, including the strength of local governments, the unwillingness of national states to seriously support metropolitan governance, and the lack of enthusiasm for metropolitan institutions in civil society. The article also argues that, unless there is a strong political leadership to carry the process forward and a political legitimacy of the metropolitan area, it is impossible to build enduring institutions at the metropolitan scale.
Christian Lefèvre is Director of the French Institute of Urban Affairs and Professor of Urban Government at the University of Paris Est Marne la Vallee.
Margaret Weir is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.
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