Governance Configurations of Growth Corridors in Chennai and Durban

38 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2021

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Shazade Jameson

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society

Aurelie Varrel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Dianne Scott

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Department of Environmental & Geographical Science

Catherine Sutherland

University of KwaZulu-Natal

Date Written: January 12, 2021

Abstract

Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India) and Durban (Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa) have both used growth corridors to support their dominant political and economic roles within their state or province and consolidate their position as regional hubs. These corridors are particular types of space that are ‘produced’ in order to drive economic growth and urban development. Giving expression to broader urban development strategies, they result from the coming together of actor networks, discourses, knowledge and materialities within a particular space. This chapter uses economic growth corridors as a lens to explore the coming together of interconnections that produce the city, which are interesting precisely because they are not representative of the entire city. More broadly, we focus on the urban governance configurations of growth corridors in both Chennai and Durban and compare the processes of megaproject development as a conceptual entrypoint to reflect on the ways in which fast growing, port-industrial cities are being (re-)invented. This chapter explores the very different configurations within the two cities that are nonetheless producing broadly similar outcomes with similar genealogies.

Keywords: governance configurations, global south, urban development

Suggested Citation

Jameson, Shazade and Varrel, Aurelie and Scott, Dianne and Sutherland, Catherine, Governance Configurations of Growth Corridors in Chennai and Durban (January 12, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3764599 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3764599

Shazade Jameson (Contact Author)

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society ( email )

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Aurelie Varrel

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Dianne Scott

University of Cape Town (UCT) - Department of Environmental & Geographical Science ( email )

Rondebosch, 7701
South Africa

Catherine Sutherland

University of KwaZulu-Natal ( email )

Umbilo Road
Durban 4000, KZN 4000
South Africa

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