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Urban Governance
Urban Governance
  • Urban Governance in India Inroduction
  • Sheema Fatima
  • Urban Governance in India Course Outline

Brief

Research on urban governance has varied features in the present context, but institutional experiences of them remains one of the overarching theme. The current policy and governance approaches taken by the state look as if the importance on providing good governance is more alluring than the actual act. This course aims to provide an insight into what does urban governance implicate and how does it influence the structuring and re-structuring of our urban spaces.

Urban Governance in India

With Urban being at the center of our development discourse its management and projection has become most crucial. It is the most important playground for each government to showcase its sincerity of making India a truly global city. In this aspiration programs and policies are announced with great fervor by the ruling party of that particular time. But what remains common to all are the neo-liberal and pro-market approaches. Our cities are vying for maximum investment and are becoming important centers of capital intensive production though largely service sector based. In this given situation rather than building the capacity of the municipal officials or members, the state is trying to put ultra vires organizations and support groups in municipalities. The emphasis on creating para-statal organizations which is under the control of the bureaucracy is the major instrument for generating large scale infrastructural lead development rather than actually improving the basic needs and demands of the city and its elected representatives. The importance on providing good governance is more alluring than the actual act. This course aims to provide an insight into what actually does this good governance implicate and how does it influence the structuring and re-structuring of urban spaces.

Deliverables: A thematic paper
Course Format: Lecture and discussions
Time Period: 2 weeks
No. of Students: 20
Eligible participants: students, professionals

Sheema Fatima is an urban practitioner based in Mumbai. She teaches Urban Sociology at KRVIA and is a PhD Scholar at Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her main are of research is to understand urbanization processes being experienced in small and medium towns of Bihar. In 2013 she received Max Planc-TISS-Pukar fellowship for a study titled, ‘Capturing Narratives of a Mega-city, Mumbai’ and a Sarai-CSDS independent research fellowship in 2003 for a project titled, ‘Statues as assertion of identity in public places’. Currently she is involved in a community planning project of a neighborhood in Mumbai funded by the American consulate, Mumbai.

fatimasheema@gmail.com

+91 89768 19096

(It’s a 3hrs class)

Week Day Topic Details Infrastructure
1st Week

4th to 6th May, 2015
1 Introduction to the course The need and relevance of the course Class room and a projector
2 Concept of governance what is good governance and who are the participants of the same Class room and a projector
3 Governance and urban studies How is the new rhetoric of governance shaping our urban spaces Class room and a projector
2nd Week

11th to 13th May, 2015
1 74th Amendment Act and its role in urban governance -I Has 74th Amendment Act fulfilled its promise of devolution of power Class room and a projector
2 74th Amendment Act and its role in urban governance –II Municipal elections and the role of elected representatives in city building Class room and a projector
3 Institutional politics of urban governance What kinds of institutions are being constituted to govern our urban areas? Whom are they accountable to Class room and a projector
3rd Week

18th to 20th May, 2015
1 What is Public participation Identifying citizens and stakeholders Class room and a projector
2 Creation of civil society and the middle class -I Its role and stakes in the conception of good governance Class room and a projector
3 Creation of civil society and the middle class -II Who are eligible to participate and are they inclusive spaces Class room and a projector
4th Week

25th to 27th May, 2015
1 Class Presentation Topic will be decided at the beginning of the course Class room and a projector
2 Submission of Paper Topic will be decided at the beginning of the course Class room and a projector
3 Summarizing the course    

A complete reading list will be provided at the beginning of the course. Participation in class room discussion, class presentation and submission of a term paper is necessary for completing the course.

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