Comparisons - WHIG General Seminar

6 Décembre, 2021 - 09:45 - 7 Décembre, 2021 - 18:30

Closed seminar "WHIG - What is governed and not governed", Sciences Po, Paris 

Despite the Covid years, our jazzy long term comparative project WHIG “ what is governed and not governed” is leading to a wealth of interesting new research, published and unpublished from senior scholars and Phd students alike.

We still work on São Paulo, Mexico, Paris, London.

But Alberta Andreotti has led the team who produced a book on Milan.

Within the WHIG project about financialization and housing, the comparison has included Amsterdam on top of Paris and London.

There is therefore a European middle size cities development of the project.

The aim of this workshop is to present work in progress and to discuss recently published work. The focus is on the comparative papers that are produced or in the making but there are some sessions for recent research about particular cases….in order to raise interest for developing more comparative papers. 

Books already published 


  • Raco, M. & Brill, F. (2022) Governing London: Development Planning, the Para-state, and the Rise of a London Model, Abacus Press, London

Books in progress

  • English version of the book on Mexico
  • English version of a book about Paris
  • Second Book about Paris, eds Francesca Artioli and Patrick Le Galès “La métropole Parisienne comme anarchie organisée”, 2022
  • Comparative book on housing and financialization in London, Paris and Amsterdam
  • Tuna Tasan-Kok, Sara Özogul, Andre Legarza (forthcoming) Who Shapes the City? Actor Landscapes, Property Markets and Planning Regulation in Amsterdam Metropolitan Region. Routledge
  • Aguilera Thomas, Artioli Francesca, Colomb Claire, Governing Platform Capitalism: Conflicts over Short-Term Rental Housing in European Cities, Studies in Urban and Social Change (SUSC) Series, Wiley Blackwell


Monday 6th December

Presentations should be around 15 mns

9-9.45 am: “Where are we? What about comparisons?” Patrick Le Galès

  • Eduardo Marques (University of São Paulo), Mike Raco (The Bartlett School of Planning), Vicente Ugalde (El Colegio de Mexico)
  • Alberta Andreotti (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca), Tuna Tasan-Kok (University of Amsterdam)

9.45-10.45 am: Chair Alberta Andreotti

  • Arturo Alvarado Mendoza (El Collegio de Mexico): “Criminality and democratic governance in Mexico and São Paulo”
  • Marcela Alonso Ferreira (Sciences Po, CEE): “Regularising informal housing in São Paulo and Mexico”

10.45-11.15 am: Coffee break

11.15 am-12.45 pm: Chair Charlotte Halpern

  • Diego Coletto (Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca) and Veronica Crossa (El Collegio de Mexico): “The governance of public markets in Mexico City and Milan"
  • Roberto Rodriguez (Sciences Po, CEE): “The governance of air pollution in Paris and Mexico, a policy coordination approach”
    Côme Salvaire (Sciences Po, CEE & CERI): “Governing waste in Lagos and Mexico”

12.45 2.15 pm: Lunch break

2.15-3.45 pm: Chair Eduardo Marques

  • Mike Raco and Tuna Tasan-Kok: "Ambiguous Planning and the Regulation of Housing in Amsterdam and London"
  • Pierre Henri Bono (Sciences Po, CEVIPOF) , Antoine Guironnet (Sciences Po, CEE) and Nordine kireche (Sciences Po, CEE): “Residential investments in France (and London and Amsterdam…..)”
  • Francesco Findeisen (Sciences Po, Urban School), Patrick Le Galès (Sciences Po, CEE, CNRS and Dean of the Urban School): “Instruments of housing policies in Paris and London”

3.45-4 pm: Coffee break

4-6 pm: Chair Marco Cremaschi

  • Tommaso Vitale (Sciences Po, CEE): “The governance of roms in Paris, London, Milan”
  • Betina Sarue (University of São Paulo): “Urban regeneration projects in the periphery and centre of global capitalism: Comparing politics, institutions and access to land in Porto Maravilha and London Olympic project”
  • Irene Mboumoua (Sciences Po, Urban School): “Velib in London and Paris”

Tuesday 7th December

9-10.30 am: Chair Chair Vicente Ugalde

  • Renata Bichir (University of São Paulo) “Multilevel governance between São Paulo and Belo Horizonte in social assistance policies”
    Jean Baptiste Chambon (Sciences Po, CEE): “Data and urban governments in Paris and London
  • Patrick Le Galès and Eduardo Marques: "Urban governance, does the left make a difference? Incremental progressivism and beyond"

10.30-11 am: Coffee break

11 am-12.30 pm: Chair Francesca Artioli

  • Camille Allé (Ville de Paris, Direction des finances et des achats) and Ursula Dias Peres (University of São Paulo): “Comparing budgetary structures and processes in São Paulo and Paris”: presentation of the article in Revista Brasileira de Ciências Sociais, 2021, vol. 36. And ideas for future research
  • Vicente Ugalde: "Construction permit in Mexico : what is governed ?”
  • Marco Cremaschi (Sciences Po, CEE): "Regulation by design"

12.30 2 pm: Lunch break

2-4 pm: Governing large metropolis, Chair Veronica Crossa

Presentations : 15 mns

  • Veronica Conte (Universidad de Salamanca): "State actors' role in planning urban regeneration projects, insights from Milan and Brussels"
  • Telma Hoyser and Eduardo Marques: The territorial political mobilization in São Paulo – or why before assuming what clientelism does, we must better understand what it is"
  • Fatoumata Diallo (Sciences Po, CERI): “Governing transport in three cities”
  • Luciana Royer (University of São Paulo): "The institutional assumptions of the infrastructures of financialization"
  • Agnès Bastin (Sciences Po, CERI) “Les déblais du Grand Paris”

4-4.15 pm: Coffee Break

4.15-6 pm: Urban Development and policies Chair Eric Verdeil

Presentations 15 mns

  • Marisol Romero (El Colegio de Mexico): “Public parks in Mexico"
  • Lucia Shimbo (Université de Lyon): "Housing policy and financial colonisation: the role of real estate developers in the Minha Casa, Minha Vida Programme"
  • Pierre Wokuri (Sciences Po, CEE): "Governing Housing in Paris metropolis" 
  • Ursula Peres (University of São Paulo) and Eduardo Marques "Brazilian Municipal Finances and Urban Investments: Does politics matter?”
  • Andre Kwak (University of São Paulo) “Comparing social housing policy for housing, Sao Paulo, Paris, Amsterdam Seoul"

6-6.30 pm: Conclusions and collective discussions

Co-organized by Sciences Po, CEE (UMR 8239) & Urban Schooland the programme Cities are back in town 

A valid health pass and mask are required to attend this event 

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