Global Comparative Urban Governance
Journal of Chinese Governance
First lines: Classic understanding of politics, governance, political regulations is currently undermined by the reconfiguration of the nation state in Europe and elsewhere (Leipfried, and al., 2015; King and Le Galès, 2017), the rise of transnational governance (Mattli, 2016), and the massive development of cities and urban governance in different part of the globe. Questions are raised about the shrinking role of politics to organize societies at different levels. Cities and metropolis are part of a world of cities as geographers argue, but more than this: they are also part of a world of large urban spaces, or territorial differentiation, of states, of large firms, of NGO’s hence the search for a global comparative urban world (Robinson, 2011; Boudreau, 2017). Relations matter, and not just between cities. Cities, metropolis are “des lieux et des liens” , historical places and centres of circulations and networks. They attract migrants and various groups, and reject some of them. They concentrate economic development and the production of wealth, and become key sites for the most cosmopolitan groups (poor and rich).