Reshaping City Governance

Reshaping City Governance

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Indiaa€™s cities are in the midst of an unprecedented urban expansion. While India is acknowledged as a rising power, poised to emerge into the front rank of global economies, the pace and scale of its urbanisation calls for more effective metropolitan management if that growth is not to be constrained by gathering urban crisis. This book addresses some key issues of governance and management for Indiaa€™s principal urban areas of Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad. As three of the greatest Indian cities, they have evolved in recent decades into large metropolitan regions with complex, overlapping and often haphazard governance arrangements. All three cities exemplify the challenges of urbanisation and serve here as case studies to explore the five dimensions of urban governance in terms of devolution, planning, structures of delivery, urban leadership and civic participation. London, with its recent establishment of a directly elected Mayor, provides a reference point for this analysis, and signifies the extent to which urban leadership has moved to the top of the urban governance agenda. In arguing the case for reform of metropolitan governance, the book demonstrates that it would be too simplistic to imagine that Londona€™s institutional structure can be readily transposed on to the very different political and cultural fabric of Indiaa€™s urban life. Confronting Indiaa€™s urban crisis with a comparative analysis that identifies the limits of policy transfer, the book will be particularly valuable to students and scholars of Politics, Governance, and Urban studies.Table 6.7 (cont.) Sector Agency Governing department Legislation finance Finance Department Electricity Supply (1948) Act West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. (WBIDC) Act 1967 The West Bengal Finance Act 2012 The West Bengal Fiscal Responsibilities and Budget Management Act, 2010 Source: Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi (2013). Table 6.8 Multi-level (central and state)anbsp;...

Title:Reshaping City Governance
Author:Nirmala Rao, Reader in Politics and Head of Department of Social Policy and Politics Nirmala Rao
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-11-20


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