1st Edition

Participolis Consent and Contention in Neoliberal Urban India

Edited By Karen Coelho, Lalitha Kamath, M. Vijayabaskar Copyright 2013
    332 Pages
    by Routledge India

    332 Pages
    by Routledge India

    While participatory development has gained significance in urban planning and policy, it has been explored largely from the perspective of its prescriptive implementation. This book breaks new ground in critically examining the intended and unintended effects of the deployment of citizen participation and public consultation in neoliberal urban governance by the Indian state.

    The book reveals how emerging formats of participation, as mandatory components of infrastructure projects, public–private partnership proposals and national urban governance policy frameworks, have embedded market-oriented reforms, promoted financialisation of cities, refashioned urban citizenship, privileged certain classes in urban governance at the expense of already marginalised ones, and thereby deepened the fragmentation of urban polities. It also shows how such deployments are rooted in the larger political economy of neoliberal reforms and ascendance of global finance, and how resultant exclusions and fractures in the urban society provoke insurgent mobilisations and subversions.

    Offering a dialogue between scholars, policy-makers and activists, and drawing upon several case studies of urban development projects across sectors and cities, this volume will be useful for planners, policy-makers, academics, development professionals, social workers and activists, as well as those in urban studies, urban policy/planning, political science, sociology and development studies.

    Acknowledgements. Part I. Introduction: Politics and Citizenship in India’s New ‘Urban’ 1. Opening up or Ushering in? Citizen Participation as Mandate and Practice in Urban Governance Karen Coelho, Lalitha Kamath and M. Vijayabaskar 2. Outside Capital, Inside the Urban? Notes and Queries on the Politics of the Present Satish Deshpande. Commentary 1. Permanence of the Temporary: Elite Utopia and Spatial Exclusion D. Ravikumar. Part II. Participation, Privatisation and Politics: Case Studies from Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad 3. Financialised and Insurgent: The Dialectics of Participation in Bangalore’s Neoliberal Water Reforms Malini Ranganathan 4. From Watertight to Watered Down: The Case of Public Consultations and People’s Participation in Mumbai’s Water Distribution Improvement Project (WDIP) Zainab Bawa 5. Community Participation and Political Legitimacy: A Case Study from Hyderabad Anant Maringanti. Commentary 2. Participation and Consultation in the Context of Municipal Infrastructure Financing K. Rajivan. Commentary 3. City Infrastructure Development and the ‘Spectator Sport’ of Citizen Participation Vinay Baindur. Part III. Class Claims: Civil Society and Split Citizenship in Urban India: Case Studies from Bangalore and Mumbai 6. Urban Reforms and the Middle Classes: Fragmented Collective Action and the Incomplete Project of Stakeholder Participation Lalitha Kamath and M. Vijayabaskar 7. Leveraging Mumbai: Global Finance, the State and Urban Politics Stephen J. Young. Commentary 4. Visioning a World-class Slum-free Mumbai: Who Participates? Simpreet Singh. Commentary 5. Middle-class Mobilisations: What Works? Sebastian Devaraj. Part IV. Democratisation, Decentralisation and Bhagidari: Case Studies from Delhi


    Karen Coelho is Assistant Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies (MIDS), Chennai.

    Lalitha Kamath is Assistant Professor, School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.

    M. Vijayabaskar is Assistant Professor, MIDS, Chennai.