Reshaping City Governance
London, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad
By Nirmala Rao
Routledge – 2013 – 224 pages
It is well recognised that while India is a rising power, poised to emerge into the front rank of global economies, the pace and scale of India’s urbanisation calls for more effective metropolitan management if that growth is not to be constrained by gathering urban crisis. Three of the greatest Indian cities – Mumbai, Kolkata and Hyderabad – exemplify the challenges of urbanisation and these serve here as case studies to explore five dimensions of urban governance. London, with its recent experience of reshaping of its metropolitan structures and process through the establishment of a directly elected Mayor and the Greater London Assembly, provides a reference point for this analysis.
1. The problem of India’s urban governance 2. The conditions of effective urban governance 3. A prototype for India 4. The devolution of power to cities 5. The reach of metropolitan power 6. The focus of urban leadership 7. The structures of metropolitan authority 8. The active metropolitan community 9.The future of India’s urban governance
Nirmala Rao is a political scientist and Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Since coming to the UK in 1988 she has held research posts at the Policy Studies Institute and Queen Mary and Westfield College, and lectured at Goldsmiths College, where she was appointed Professor of Politics in 2000 and served as Pro-Warden 2006-08. She has written extensively on local government and politics and the implementation of social policies.