Friday, October 11, 2019

17 October 2019: Book launch and discussion on 'Demanding Development: The Politics of Public Goods Provision in India's Urban Slums'

Adam Michael Auerbach
School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC

Véronique Dupont, French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)
Rohit Chandra, Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

Marie-Hélène Zérah, Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

Organised by
Centre for Policy Research (CPR)

India’s urban slums exhibit dramatic variation in their access to local public goods and services – paved roads, piped water, trash removal, sewers, and streetlights. Drawing on more than two years of fieldwork in the north Indian cities of Bhopal and Jaipur, Demanding Development accounts for the uneven success of India’s slum residents in securing local public goods and services. The book centres on the political organisation of slum settlements and the informal slum leaders who spearhead resident efforts to make claims on the state – in particular, those slum leaders who are party workers. It finds striking variation in the extent to which networks of party workers have spread across slum settlements. It demonstrates how this variation in the density and partisan distribution of party workers across settlements has powerful consequences on the ability of residents to politically mobilise to improve local conditions.

Date: October 17, 2019
Time: 04:30 P.M.

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

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