Metropolitan Governance Dilemmas at the Turn of an Era: Multilevel Government, Network Governance and Co-production of Policies


Major transformations are currently affecting expanding metropolitan areas, from social and technological changes to reformulations of government systems. As Peter Hall has argued, economic, cultural, and informational globalization, seemingly " flattens" the world. Yet it at the same time we are seeing the emergence of particular configurations, such as large cities and metropolitan areas that are concentrating resources and creating opportunities while also giving rise to new problems. This chapter seeks to respond to the challenges these transformations pose in terms of governance structures, emphasizing an horizontal framework of shared and distributed knowledge, and network governance linking different actors by common interests and relationships in contemporary metropolises, leading to schemes of co-production and development of public policy.


Joan Subirats is Professor of Government and Public Administration at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He holds a Ph.D. in economic sciences from the University of Barcelona. Subirats has previously held the Prince of Asturias Chair at Georgetown University from 2002-2003, and was founder and Director of the Institute of Government and Public Policy at UAB. Additionally, he is Director of the Ph.D. Program at the same institute. His research focuses mainly on the field of governance, public administration, social exclusion, democratic innovation, civil society, multilevel government, and public policy analysis.