Thursday, November 22, 2012

27 November 2012: Growth and Citizenship in Indian Cities: A Comparative Perspective

Patrick Heller
Brown University

Are growth and inclusion compatible in the mega-cities of the Global South? Can democratic urban governance make the difference? Under what conditions can cities be effectively coordinated? This talk develops a preliminary view of growth and citizenship in India by exploring Indian cities through Brazilian and South African lenses. Extending insights from urban regime theory, Prof. Heller argues that the South African city has become a quintessential “growth machine”; that the Brazilian city can be usefully categorized as a “social city” in which participatory structures have secured a basic “right to the city”; and that viewed through these lenses the Indian city appears as a “growth cabal”. The difference, he argues, can only be understood by examining the relationship between political power and civil society in each country.

Date: November 27, 2012
Time: 03:45 P.M.

Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)


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