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Patrick Le Galès


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Patrick Le Galès’ comparative research has three main components.

One of these is public policy, sociology of the state government and governance,  instruments of public action, policy networks, and state restructuring in European states and territories. In this overall area, he looks at decentralization policies, urban policies, regional policies and governance of the world’s major cities (Paris, London, Mexico City, São Paolo and Istanbul).

Another component is urban sociology. Here, Le Galès focuses on mobility and social change, transformation of European cities, social groups in cities (middle-class and upper-class mobility), segregation, integration dynamics and formation of social and political order, and urban conflicts.

Finally, in economic sociology and political economy, he studies regional and local economies and the formation of a market society, particularly in the U.K., and the sociology of Europe.

Le Galès is CNRS research professor in politics and sociology at Sciences Po, Centre d’études européennes et de politique comparée, and founding dean of sciences at Po Urban School.


  • Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, 2011
  • Award of Excellence for Studies in Political Science, Mattei Dogan/French Political Science Association Foundation, 2007
  • Bronze Medal, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), 1996

Relevant Publications

  • Crouch, C., and P. Le Galès. "Cities as national champions?" J. Eur. Public Policy 19, no. 3 (April 2012): 405–19.
  • Le Galès, P. European Cities: Social Conflicts and Governance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

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