Call for Papers: Cadernos Metrópole nº 45: Political-conceptual disputes about metropolis governance: the clash between neoliberalism and participatory management

The Scientific Editors and Editorial Committee of the journal Cadernos Metrópole invite researchers from areas of knowledge that approach the urban and regional issue to send texts to the organization of volume 21, number 45, about the theme


Political-conceptual disputes about metropolis governance:

the clash between neoliberalism and participatory management


The thematic issue about governance in metropolises aims to discuss the concept and practice of “governance”, as it is a phenomenon undergoing transformation and in dispute. The public dimensions, potentially controllable in social and participatory terms, have been progressively but speedily deconstructed and replaced by the managerial logic and practice - private and linked to the financial elite’s capital. There are numerous examples, like the Public/Private Partnerships (notably by means of Administrative and Sponsored Concessions), Social Organizations, and even the Public Interest Non-Governmental Organizations (OSCIPs, initials in Portuguese), through management contracts and “management by results”, Consortium Urban Operations, and the very privatization of “public” management, given the managerialism logic that comes from the private sector.

Thus, cities, metropolises and macrometropolises have been privatized from within their legal structures and regulations, without the latter necessarily being invalidated. In other words, legal codes like the 1988 Constitution and the City Statute coexist with new logics, norms and procedures that are completely opposed to them, as they are dominated by privatism and managerialism. It seems that a “business government”, so to speak, essentially neoliberal, in the words of Laval and Dardot (2016), has received a mission from the financial elite’s capital (global, transnational, financialized, connected with real estate and articulated with its national congeners) – the mission of managing urban spaces in different areas, like housing, transport, health, education and many others, not to mention the very “privatization of public management” by means of different managerial and privatist instruments.

In parallel, the political-party system, notably dependent on the private funding – legal and illegal – of parties, candidates and campaigns, strengthens the privatist logic of governance, in a kind of vicious circle.

On the other hand, forms of governing based on the participation of organized groups, social control, transparency and on the State’s typical structuring, by means of state public administration, synthesized by Paula (2005) as “societal management”, which has been strongly in force since the 1988 redemocratization, have lost space – vigorously after the 2016 parliamentary impeachment coup –, although they remain an important factor of pressure of social groups, notably connected with vulnerable sectors.

Therefore, this issue of Cadernos Metrópole intends to discuss and compare different perspectives of governance, especially those that aim to relate Government and Market, in the scale of the City/Metropolis, revealing empiric evidences of the challenges and potentialities present in the democratic dimension of Territory Management vis-à-vis the economic scale of urban businesses.



LAVAL, C. e DARDOT, P. (2016). A nova razão do mundo: ensaios sobre a sociedade neoliberal. São Paulo, Boitempo.

PAULA, A. P. P. de (2005). Administração pública brasileira entre o gerencialismo e a gestão social. Revista de Administração de Empresas. São Paulo, v. 45, n. 1, pp. 36-49. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 13 ago 2018.


deadline to send manuscripts: OCTOBER 31, 2018





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  • bibliographic references following the instructions below rigorously:


AUTHOR or EDITOR (ed.) (year of publication). Title of the book. City of publication, Publishing house.


CASTELLS, M. (1983). A questão urbana. Rio de Janeiro, Paz e Terra.


Book chapters

CHAPTER'S AUTHOR (year of publication). "Title of the chapter". In: BOOK'S AUTHOR or EDITOR (ed.). Title of the book. City of publication, Publishing house.


BRANDÃO, M. D. de A. (1981). “O último dia da criação: mercado, propriedade e uso do solo em Salvador”. In: VALLADARES, L. do P. (ed.). Habitação em questão. Rio de Janeiro, Zahar.


Papers published in journals

PAPER'S AUTHOR (year of publication). Title of the paper. Title of the journal. City, journal's volume, journal's issue, paper's initial and final page.


TOURAINE, A. (2006). Na fronteira dos movimentos sociais. Sociedade e Estado. Dossiê movimentos sociais. Brasília, v. 21, n.1, pp. 17-28.


Papers presented in scientific events

PAPER'S AUTHOR (year of publication). Title of the paper. In: NAME OF CONGRESS, number, year, place where it was held. Title of the publication. City, Publishing house, initial and final pages.


SALGADO, M. A. (1996). Políticas sociais na perspectiva da sociedade civil: mecanismos de controle social, monitoramento e execução, parcerias e financiamento. In: SEMINÁRIO INTERNACIONAL ENVELHECIMENTO POPULACIONAL: UMA AGENDA PARA O FINAL DO SÉCULO. Anais. Brasília, MPAS/SAS, pp. 193-207.


Theses, dissertations and monographs

AUTHOR (year of publication). Title. Doctoral dissertation or Master's thesis. City, Institution.


FUJIMOTO, N. (1994). A produção monopolista do espaço urbano e a desconcentração do terciário de gestão na cidade de São Paulo. O caso da avenida Engenheiro Luís Carlos Berrini. Master's thesis. São Paulo, Universidade de São Paulo.


Internet texts

AUTHOR (year of publication). Title of the text. Available from. Date of access.


FERREIRA, J. S. W. (2005). A cidade para poucos: breve história da propriedade urbana no Brasil. Available from: Access on: Sep 8 2005.