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New Forms of Urban Governance in India

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

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

Other Titles in:
Development Studies | Planning

January 2009 | 416 pages | SAGE India
This collection of articles looks at the impact of decentralization on local governance and citizen participation in urban democracy processes in India, from different perspectives, providing examples from major cities throughout the country.

The book examines how local governments work together with other actors in governing their localities in Indian mega-cities; especially what new forms of governance are emerging as a result of globalization and internal transformation processes. It analyzes whether new forms of governance open up opportunities for more participatory urban governance, improved service delivery with positive implications for poor groups in India's cities and whether these processes are inclusive for all residents in mega-cities, or exclude particular groups.

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.


Isa S A Baud

I.S.A. Baud is Professor of International Development Studies, heading the programme of Livelihoods, Environment and Governance at the University of Amsterdam and vice-president of European Association of Development Institutes (EADI). Her main interests focus on urban environmental management, civil society and new governance networks. Her recent publications include Solid Waste Management and Recycling: Actors, Partnerships and Policies in Hyderabad, India and Nairobi, Kenya (co-edited by Johan Post and Christine Furedy), by Kluwer (now Springer), an article on research partnerships entitled ‘The role of research and knowledge generation... More About Author

J De Wit

J. de Wit is an anthropologist teaching Public Policy and Development Management at the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands. He has been and is engaged in various capacity building programmes in India, Namibia and Vietnam. His recent publications include various articles on his key interests—urban poverty alleviation, decentralization, (local) governance and community dynamics. The publications include Initial Assessment of Decentralisation in India: Administrative and Political Dimensions (Gamsberg McMillan, 2003); Supporting Decentralised Urban Governance: Training Women Municipal Councillors in Mumbai, India (with B. Holzner,... More About Author

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