Fragile Urban Governance: Evolution, Decline, and Empowerment of Local Self-Government in India

Author:

Gangadhar Jha

Publisher:

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

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Publisher

MANOHAR PUBLISHERS AND DISTRIBUTORS

Publication Year 2018
ISBN-13

9788193560938

ISBN-10 8193560930
Binding

Hardcover

Edition FIRST
Number of Pages 383 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 22x14.5x2.5
Weight (grms) 610

Urbanization is giving rise to a vibrant and volatile urban India as the engine which drives the economic activities that contribute to national economic growth. Even though this imposes unprecedented onus on urban local self-government (ULSG) for providing efficient, effective, inclusive and responsive urban services, they have been struggling to do so. Most ULSGs especially in India's secondary cities are too fragile to perform the mandated functions for enhancing the quality of life and making cities and towns livable. This volume traces the evolution of ULSGs, their decline after Independence and steps taken to strengthen them especially through big-bang decentralization initiative of 1992 for their empowerment by enacting the 74th Constitution Amendment Act (74th CAA). Analysing facets of decentralization initiative, views of two review Commissions, policy responses to it and processes for implementation of constitutional provisions, the volume alludes to conspicuous gaps at three levels such as (i) gaps and deficiencies in the 74th CAA itself, (ii) gaps in the post-74th CAA Municipal Acts that were required to conform to the constitutional provisions and (iii) gaps due to half-hearted implementation of even the mandatory constitutional provisions. Empowerment and strengthening of ULSG being in the nature of an imperative, the volume explores plausible options within the constitutional autonomy of states and also specifies experiential based rational framework and a strategy for strengthening of ULSGs that must look beyond the existing predilection for mere training.

Gangadhar Jha

Gangadhar Jha has been a member of the faculty of the Centre for Urban Studies of the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Professor at the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and Principal Consultant and Director at IPE Global. He has been Economic Advisor to the first Delhi Finance Commission, Government of the National Territory of Delhi. He has also worked as Coordinator of the Indo-USAID collaborative FIRE-D Project at NIUA from 1996 to 2002.
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