Patrick Le Galès

CNRS Research Professor of Sociology and Politics
Dean of Urban School of Sciences Po
Professor at Sciences Po, Fellow of the British Academy (FBA)

Patrick Le Galès is CNRS Research Professor of Sociology and Politics, at Sciences Po, Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics and he chairs the “Cities are back in town” and “restructuring the state” research groups. He is a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, a former editor of the International Journal of Urban and regional Research, a past president of SASE (Society for Advanced Socio economics), a trustee of the Foundation for Urban and Regional Research. He was educated at Sciences Po, Paris, Nuffield College Oxford (M.litt.) and the University of Paris X Nanterre. He was a visiting professor or researcher in particular at UCLA, King’s College London, Nuffield College University of Oxford, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Society in Cologne, the Universities of Milan Bicocca, Venise, the University of Sao Paolo (spring 2014), Colegio de Mexico.  He is co-editor of the European Journal of Sociology/Archives européennes de sociologie. He is member of the CNRS Scientific Council. He was elected member of the Academia Europaea in July 2019.

Patrick Le Galès was awarded the bronze medal in 1995 (Médaille de bronze du CRNS) and the silver medal by the CNRS in 2018 (Médaille d'argent du CNRS)

His researches deal with

  • Comparative Public policy, policy instruments and the political sociology of the state, digital cities;
  • Urban sociology/urban political economy in large metropolis and also European cities (middle classes, governance, urban conflicts, mobility, economic development, inequalities);
  • Economic sociology/political economy – the making of a market society and the sociology of Europe with a special interest for the UK and the financialisation of housing and real estate.

He is currently working on a project comparing modes of governance (What is governed?) and urban development in Paris, London, Sao Paolo, Mexico. With Desmond King he works with a group on the reconfiguration of European states for a book to be published by Oxford University Press.

He published or edited Regions in Europe the paradox of power (ed. with C. Lequesne, Routledge, 1997), Politiques urbaines et développement local en France et UK (L’Harmattan, 1993); Les réseaux de politique publique (ed. with M. Thatcher, Paris, L’Harmattan 1995); Cities in contemporary Europe (ed. with A. Bagnasco), CUP 2000, ; Local industrial systems in Europe, rise or demise ? (with C.Crouch and al., OUP, 2002); The changing governance of local economies in Europe (with C. Crouch and al. OUP, 2004); European Cities, social conflicts and governance (OUP, 2002), Developments in French Politics 3 and 4 (eds with J. Levy and A. Cole, Palgrave, 2005, 2008); Gouverner par les instruments (with P. Lascoumes Presses de Sciences Po 2004); Sociologie de l’action publique (with P. Lascoumes Colin, 2008, second edition 2012, The New Labour experiment (with Florence Faucher King, Standford University Press 2010). Globalising minds, roots in the cities, upper middle classes in EUrope? (with Alberta Andreotti and Javier Moreno Fuentes) Wiley/ Blackwell in 2015; Ugalde, Vincente, Le Galès, Patrick, dir., 2017  Gobernando la ciudad de méxico. Lo que se gobierna y lo que no se gobierna en una gran metrópoli, Mexico, Colejio de Mexico ; Courmont, Antoine et Le Galès Patrick (dir.) Gouverner la ville numérique, PUF, 2019.Gouverner la métropole parisienne. État, conflits, institutions, réseaux. Paris, Presses de Sciences Po. 2020.

He received the GRALE CNRS (local questions) prize for the best thesis in 1991, the CNRS bronze medal in 1996 (excellence prize for young research assistant professor in CNRS), the Stein Rokkan prize in 2002 for comparative research (International Social Science Council and ECPR) for his book European cities, social conflicts and governance, in Europe and the Award of Excellence for research in political science from the Mattei Dogan / French Political Science Association Foundation in 2007. He was elected a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2011.

He is the co editor of two book series: Governance with the Presses de Sciences Po, Urban and Social Change Wiley / Blackwell. Former director of the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (1998-2005), He serves on the editorial board of the following journals: British Journal of Political Science, Socio-Economic Review, Journal of Public Policy, Government and Policy, European Political Science Review, European Urban and Regional Studies, West European Politics

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Research Topics

Public action ; European Union ; Local policy ; Urban sociology ; Public policies

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