Supporting a More Inclusive and Responsive Urban India

4 Pages Posted: 23 Apr 2016

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Jason Miklian

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO); University of Oslo - Centre for Development and the Environment

Niranjan Sahoo

Observer Research Foundation

Date Written: Fenruary 21, 2016

Abstract

India’s urbanization story is both massive and complex, as 300 million people will move to its urban spaces by 2030, creating significant challenges. In this brief, we argue that India’s cities would be better served in the long-term by supporting the inclusive urban policies over those that carry exclusionary aftereffects, by limiting the use of the city as a promotional tool for actors that gain from forwarding divisive identity politics, and by creating more robust city-level political structures in order to improve municipal accountability to urban citizens. We conclude with suggestions for how to further encourage inclusive urban planning and political processes.

Keywords: India, urbanization, identity, ethnic conflict, poverty, caste, municipal growth, urban planning, developing world

JEL Classification: O18, R00, R11, O19, R23, J61

Suggested Citation

Miklian, Jason and Sahoo, Niranjan, Supporting a More Inclusive and Responsive Urban India (Fenruary 21, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2768478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2768478

Jason Miklian (Contact Author)

International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) ( email )

Oslo
N-0260 Oslo
Norway

University of Oslo - Centre for Development and the Environment ( email )

P.O. Box 1116 Blindern
K1A 0G9
0317 Oslo
Norway

Niranjan Sahoo

Observer Research Foundation ( email )

Chennai
India

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