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. 


  • Andrew Sancton

    Professor of Political Science, University of Western Ontario
  • Robert Wilson

    Mike Hogg Professor of Urban Policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and former Wilson Center Scholar
  • David Rusk

    Former Wilson Center Scholar
  • Peter K. Spink

    Director, Center for Studies in Public Management and Government, and Professor, Getulio Vargas Foundation School of Business Administration, São Paulo
  • Peter Ward

    Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, C. B. Smith Centennial Chair in US-Mexico Relations, University of Texas at Austin
  • Caroline Moser

    Emeritus Professor, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester