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Urbanization and Governance in India

Evelin Hust (Editor) Michael Mann (Editor)
Synopsis India is rather notorious for its urban problems: Kolkata and the plight of her urban poor has become the epitome for the urban nightmare; Dharavi-slum of Mumbai has the distinction of being the largest in Asia; Delhi has the infamous reputation of being one of the most polluted cities of the world; and much lesser known Surat has entered the public consciousness as the city where a supposedly extinct disease of the middle ages - the plague - had reappeared in 1994. To govern Indian cities seems to be one of the biggest challenges in the twenty-first century. However, governance occurs at various levels and is employed for a limited economic sector as well as for the whole globe. Since this volume deals with urban India, the definition of UN HABITAT will serve as a point departure stating that power exists inside and outside the formal authority and institutions of government. In this way, governance emphasizes 'process' recognizing that all decisions are based on complex relationships between many actors with different priorities. All chapters are informed by the author’s specific views on urban problems and urban governance. Yet all chapters contribute to our understanding of urban governance in various ways and read together serve to widen our horizon on this extremely complex issue governance in India.
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About the authors

Evelin Hust

Dr. Evelin Hust studied Political Science, Classical Indology, and Economics at the universities of Freiburg, Sussex and Heidelberg. Her specialization is on women in politics and urban governance in India. She is currently the representative of the South Asian Institute, University of Heidelberg, in Delhi.

Michael Mann

Michael Mann did his Ph.D. on an agrarian-cum-ecological study in north India during the first half of the nineteenth century. His current interests cover a variety of subjects ranging from colonial state formation and problems of legitimate rule from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries, problems of urbanization and migration in South Asia to early colonial forest management and environmental studies.

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Bibliographic information

Title Urbanization and Governance in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173046093
length vi+345p., Tables; Map; References; 25cm.