Woodrow Wilson Center to Host 'Metropolitan Governance' Book Launch Featuring LBJ Faculty Authors
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 2:00pm
The Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC will host a book launch on May 28 for "Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas: Strategies for Equitable and Integrated Development", which features case studies by LBJ School Professors Robert Wilson and Peter Ward. Wilson and Ward also served as editors for the volume. The event will be hosted by the Woodrow Wilson Center's Comparative Urban Studies Project.
Despite rapid metropolitanization throughout the Americas and widespread interest in “megacities,” policy discussions about the governance structures needed to address public service challenges and citizen representation in the context of increasing inequalities are rare. This book provides original research and analysis of the principal metropolitan areas in six federalist countries of the Americas. The volume’s cross-national study shows that existing institutional structures and political systems impede collaboration among governments in metropolitan areas. Given disinterest on the part of federal governments, regional governments—states and provinces—seem to provide the most pragmatic bases for constructing metropolitan governments that are capable of efficiently delivering services. The panel will feature presentations by authors of five of the country case studies (Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela), followed by commentary by two urban governance experts.