1st Edition

Planning and Decentralization Contested Spaces for Public Action in the Global South

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    The first in-depth study of the impact of economic and political decentralization on planning practice in developing economies, this innovative volume, using original case study research by leading experts drawn from diverse fields of inquiry, from planning to urban studies, geography and economics, explores the dramatic transformation that decentralization implies in responsibilities of the local planning and governance structures.

    It examines a range of key issues, including:

    • public and private finance
    • local leadership and electoral issues
    • planning in post-conflict societies.

    Offering unique insights into how planning has changed in specific countries, paying particular attention to South East Asian economies, India and South Africa, this excellent volume is an invaluable resource for researchers, graduate students and planners interested in urban planning in its international political and economic context.

    1. Introduction: Situating Contested Notions of Decentralized Planning in the Global South Victoria A. Beard, Faranak Miraftab, Christopher Silver  Part 1: Decentralization: Contexts-Outcomes  2. Decentralization and Entrepreneurial Planning Faranak Miraftab  3. Decentralization, Privatization and Countervailing Popular Pressure: South African Water Commodification and Decommodification Patrick Bond  4. Decentralized Planning and Metropolitan Growth: Poverty and Wealth in Buenos Aires Suburbs Nora Libertun de Duren  5. New Spaces New Contests: Appropriating Decentralization for Political Change in Bolivia Benjamin Kohl and Linda Farthing  Part 2: The Challenges of Fiscal and Administrative Decentralization  6. The Evolution of Subnational Development Planning Under Decentralization Reforms in Kenya and Uganda Paul Smoke  7. Decentralization in Vietnam’s Water Sector: Community Level Privatization in the Mekong Delta James H. Spencer 8. Decentralization and Local Democracy in Chile: Two Active Communities and Two Models of Local Governance Anny Rivera-Ottenberger  Part 3: The Role of Non-State Participants in Decentralization  9. Community-Driven Devlopment and Elite Capture: Microcredit and Community Board Participation in Indonesia Victoria A. Beard, Menno Pradhan, Vijayendra Rao, Randi S. Cartmill, Rivayani  10. University-Community Partnership: Institutionalizing Empowered and Participatory Planning in Indonesia Christopher Silver and Tubagus Furqon Sofhani  11. En(gendering) Effective Decentralization, the Experience of Women in Panchayati Raj in India Kajri Misra and Neema Kudva  12. Decentralization and Social Capital in Urban Thailand Amrita Daniere and Lois M. Takahashi  13. Decentralization and the Struggle for Participation in Local Politics and Planning: Lessons from Naga City, the Philippines Gavin Shatkin  14. Conclusion: Making Sense of Decentralized Planning in the Global South Christopher Silver, Victoria A. Beard and Faranak Miraftab


    Victoria A. Beard is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the University of California at Irvine. Her research and teaching focus on international development planning, community-based planning, collective action, social movements and poverty alleviation.

    Faranak Miraftab is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching are concerned with transnational processes of community development, with special focus on grassroots strategies and mobilizations for access to housing and basic services.

    Christopher Silver, FAICP, is Dean and Professor of the College of Design, Construction and Planning at the University of Florida. He has taught and consulted on urban development and planning in Indonesia over the past eighteen years. He is author of Planning the Megacity:  Jakarta in the Twentieth Century (Routledge).