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New Forms of Urban Governance in India

New Forms of Urban Governance in India
Shifts, Models, Networks and Contestations

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Edited by:
  • I S A Baud - University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • J De Wit - Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands

March 2009 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This work looks at the impact of decentralization on local governance arrangements and citizen participation in urban democracy processes in India. To analyse the various issues, it includes case studies from the major cities throughout the country.

New Forms of Urban Governance in India: Shifts, Models, Networks and Contestations examines how local governments work together with other actors in governing mega cities in India, especially in view of globalization and internal transformation processes. It analyses whether new forms of governance open up opportunities for more participatory urban governance and improved service delivery, with positive implications for poor groups in the cities.

The articles in the collection deal with two major processes—bringing the government closer to citizens through decentralization, and working with private sector and civil society groups in providing urban services. Participation of the rich and the poor in local democratic processes, and the relations between local and city planning are focussed. Students and academics involved in Urban Studies, Economics and Development Studies and the study of Local Governance will find the work valuable.

I S A Baud and J de Wit
Shifts in Urban Governance: Raising the Questions
M Pinto
Urban Governance in India-Spotlight on Mumbai
J De Wit, N Nainan and S Palnitkar
Urban Decentralization in Indian Cities: Assessing the Performance of Neighbourhood Level Wards Committees
A Ghosh and M Mitra
Institutionalizing People's Participation in Urban Governance: An Inter-city Perspective of War Committees in West Bengal
N Nainan and I S A Baud
Negotiating for Participation: Decentralization and NGOs in Mumbai, India
I S A Baud and R Dhanalakshmi
Governance in Urban Environmental Management: Comparing Accountability and Performance in Multi-stakeholder Arrangements in South India
I Milbert
Law, Urban Policies and the Role of Intermediaries in Delhi
S Redkar
New Management Tools for Mumbai's Solid Waste Management (SWM)
A Bhide
Partnerships in Action: A People's View
L Kennedy
New Forms of Governance in Hyderabad: How Urban Reforms are Redefining Actors in the City
N Sridharan
New Forms of Contestation and Cooperation in Indian Urban Governance
V Dupont and U Ramanathan
The Courts and the Squatter Settlements in Delhi-or the Intervention of the Judiciary in Urban 'Governance'
A Adarkar
Urban Governance-Whose Ball Game is it?
Consolidated Bibliography

This is a very important book and needs to be read with an open mind primarily by India’s urban planners…It is also a mirror which highlights the immense paucity of research in this field in our country. Ideally it should spur the government to partner the academe in initiating long-term research projects which yield evidence of this nature. Above all, the book reminds a range of stakeholders that India’s urban reform movement is without a champion, or at least a coalition of champions, and the disastrous direction of urban development and management is unlikely to change unless at least this one step is taken.

The Book Review

This book…is timely. Divided into three sections, it examines different patterns of governance, the role of non-state actors and contestations and urban governance… Books like this can help take the discussion forward.

Business World

This book evokes…much interest. It is an informative compilation of papers written by Indian and foreign scholars after some research and analysis.

The Hindu

The compilation is a powerful critique of the governance paradigm that tends to interpret governance independent of its socio-economic and political surroundings… By seeking to conceptualise the dialectics between the structure and the environment, New Forms of Urban Governance in India stands apart and this is what makes the volume theoretically enriching and intellectually provocative.

The Pioneer

The book presents a clear articulation on the subject. Cases demonstrated by the authors portray a genuine picture of the urban landscape in India, where the underprivileged citizens are struggling to avail quality basic services…. It’s a useful resource for practitioners, researchers and students of urban governance and planning.

Governance Knowledge Centre

a very good read. The insights are both timely and critical. They raise important questions not only about the changing nature of local governance, but more importantly about issues of equity and justice in the changing governance regime.


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