Participatory Governance and Contestations in Local Politics

By: Anurima Mukherjee Basu |
  • ISBN: 978-81-953208-1-3
  • Publication Date: October 2021
  • Dimension: 7 x 10 inches
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Pages: 146


The book enquires how far the participatory institutions and spaces are inclusive of the urban poor through a case study of Chandannagar city in West Bengal. It focuses on the formal and informal institutions and spaces of participation, their linkages and representation of urban poor in them. The book focuses on local politics in Chandannagar, its actors (the Councillors, ward committee members etc), the urban poor’s interaction with the actors and structures of governance and the outcomes that emerge. In doing so, it tries to illuminate the different strategies adopted by poor residents to negotiate the terrain of local governance and politics to stake their claims to rights. The study tries to draw lessons for the citizenship practices of the poor, by locating participation in the dynamic and contentious terrain of local politics and governance. 

About the Author

Anurima Mukherjee Basu

Anurima Mukherjee Basu is an economist and urban planner. She has experience of over 18 years, traversing domains of teaching, research and consultancy. She has been teaching to students of urban planning and management at Postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Prior to that she has worked in consultancy and research organisations as research/ project lead and key sectoral expert. Anurima has diverse experience of working across several Indian states in government and multilateral donor funded projects. Her research interests are on issues of Governance and Institutional Analysis, Urban Development Finance, Urban Planning and Environmental issues. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to development problems combining elements of theory and practice.