Michael Storper, « Governing the large metropolis » (working paper 2013)

3 novembre 2013

Storper, Michael (2013). « Governing the large metropolis », Working papers du Programme Cities are back in town, 2013‑7, Paris, Sciences Po

Metropolitan governance is shaped by the strong interdependencies within urban areas, combined with the fragmented geography and roles of the agencies that govern them.  Fragmentation is not an accident; it responds to underlying differences in the preferences of constituencies, the scale of efficient provision of public goods and regulation, and the bundling of attributes of the city into jurisdictions.  This is why governance moves forward in a haphazard way, through tinkering.  The analytical framework for understanding metropolitan governance is as a large-scale unfolding principal-agent problem.  There is no optimal “solution” to this problem, whether from the standpoint of efficiency, satisfaction, or justice.  This paper instead proposes creating a more explicit social choice process around the agencies and instruments of metropolitan governance.