Everyday Governance and Institutional Heterogeneity in India’s cities
The State of Cities – #CityConversations with Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay on Everyday Governance in Indian Cities by Dr Natasha Cornea
The State of Cities
#CityConversations with Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay
Dr Natasha Cornea, Lecturer, University of Birmingham, England
Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Associate Professor, Visva-Bharati University, Shantiniketan, West Bengal; Senior Fellow, IMPRI
About the Talk- Everyday Governance and Institutional Heterogeneity in India’s cities
Dr Natasha Cornea
In the last decades studies of urban governance in India have broadened in two key ways. Firstly, the dominance of the state as a key object of study has begun to give way to a recognition and attempt to account for the heterogenous governance networks that shape the city in the everyday. Secondly, while literature and theorising emerging from India’s metropolises remains dominate, increasingly academics are challenging the ways that these insights fail to easily map onto the realities of India’s small cities. These cities, whilst relatively ignored by the state and central government, private capital, and academics alike represent an equally complex terrain shaped in the everyday by a multitude of actors operating at different scales.
Reflecting on some of the findings of the “Small cities, urban environments and governance in India” project and “Geometries of power in Kolkata: informal governance, party politics and the role of the club” (as well as the broader literature I will argue for the need to account for institutional heterogeneity to understand the ways that everyday governance practices shape the city and urban life. And crucially that effective responses to emerging challenges requires that the influence of these complex actor groups be accounted for and incorporated into governance strategies.
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