Urban Poverty, Local Governance and Everyday Politics in Mumbai

Joop de Wit

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This book explores the informal political patronage relations between the urban poor and service delivery organisations in Mumbai, India. It examines the conditions of people in the slums and traces the extent to which they are subject to social and political exclusion. Delving into the roles of the slum-based mediators and municipal councilors, it brings out the problems in the functioning of democracy at the ground level, as election candidates target vote banks with freebies and private sector funding to manage their campaigns. Starting from social justice concerns, this book combines theory and insights from disciplines as diverse as political science, anthropology and policy studies. It provides a comprehensive, multi-level overview of the various actors within local municipal governance and democracy as also consequences for citizenship, urban poverty, gender relations, public services and neo-liberal politics. Lucid and rich in ethnographic data, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of social anthropology, urban studies, urban sociology, political science, public policy and governance.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, New York and New Delhi (South Asia Edition)
Number of pages320
EditionCities and the Urban Imperative -
ISBN (Print)9781138207493
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

SeriesCities and the Urban Imperative


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