Panel: An Interdisciplinary View to Understand the Complexity of Urban and Metropolitan Policy Making.
(Sustainable Urban and Metropolitan Development)

Friday, July 20, 2018: 1:45 PM-3:15 PM
Building 3, Room 209 (ITAM)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Panel Chair:  Oliver D. Meza, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

Mexico City: Urban Regulation in Action
Vicente Ugalde, El Colegio de Mexico

America is the most urbanized continent of the world with 80% of its population living in cities and metropolitan areas. All levels of government face countless challenges to achieve coherent policies to address the increasing demand of public services, fight climate change and make urban settlement inclusive and resilient places. Efficient sustainable urban and metropolitan development policies are hard to achieve given the wide range of issues presented in most cities within the region. This scenario is even more complicated given the wide cultural, social, political and economic differences that exist among countries and their subnational governments. It is not the same to address urban or metropolitan issues in Quebec than in Mexico City. Dynamics of intergovernmental relationships and multilevel governance, legal, ethnic and environmental factors shape social and government agendas, making harder to understand the structural problems and deliver effective public policies to address population´s demands and expectations. The panel aims to offer a glimpse of the complex network of stakeholders, relationships and decision-making processes that frame urban and metropolitan problems and shape public policies outcomes, highlighting the study of the Mexican context.