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Cities and Public Policy

Cities and Public Policy
An Urban Agenda for India

First Edition
  • Prasanna K. Mohanty - Honorary Professor of Economics at the School of Economics, University of Hyderabad, India

September 2015 | 352 pages | SAGE India
The twenty-first century will witness a rapid urban expansion in the developing world. India, it is believed, will be at the forefront of such a phenomenon. This book acknowledges the role of agglomeration externalities as the cornerstone of urban public policy in India. 

Arguing that hypotheses of over-urbanization and urban bias theory—which articulated a negative view of urbanization—are based on fragile theoretical as well as empirical foundations, this book calls for proactive public policy to harness planned urbanization as resource. India requires agglomeration-augmenting, congestion-mitigating, and resource-generating cities as engines of economic growth, including rural development. 

The book provides a large number of practical examples from India and abroad to enable policy-makers undertake reforms in urban and regional planning, financing, and governance to meet the challenges of urbanization in India. It combines theory and practice to draw lessons for an urban agenda for India and recognizes the central role of cities in catalysing growth and generating public finance for economic development.   

Cities and Agglomeration Economies
Fallacy of Over-urbanisation
Spatial Planning, Transportation, and Land Use
Right to the City: Making Urbanisation Inclusive
Financing City Development and Services
Using Urban Land as a Resource
Institutional Framework for Good Urban Governance
Cities and Public Policy: An Urban Agenda for India

Prasanna K. Mohanty

Prasanna K. Mohanty is Chair Professor of Economics at the University of Hyderabad, teaching Urban Economics and Transport Economics. Dr Mohanty is Honorary Executive Chair of National Institute of Urban Management, Adviser to Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad, and a Director in the Board of Reserve Bank of India.An officer from the Indian Administrative Service, Dr Mohanty was Chief Secretary to the Government of Andhra Pradesh. He worked as the Mission Director, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, Government of India; Director General, Centre for Good Governance, Hyderabad;... More About Author

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