ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Urban Local Body

Governance Matters

A dual-track system of local governance provides the state governments in India the authority to designate a rural-governed or an urban-governed status for each settlement. Spatially, though, the term “urban” has no universal cut-off. Thus, an urban settlement as defined by the Indian census may well be designated as rural-governed. But how common are such mismatches and what are their potential implications in terms of development outcomes? This paper outlines the origins of rural and urban governance forms and provides an evaluation of how the designation compares in terms of urbanisation indicators and differential allocation of local public goods.

‘No Formalities Please!’ Broker Practices in the Municipal Governance of New Delhi

This paper analyses the ways in which informal mediation channels facilitate service delivery in the Citizen Service Bureaus at the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and give rise to an interplay between formal and informal institutions. In particular, the personal backgrounds of brokers as informal mediators and how they ensure their acceptance amongst service seekers are explored. Further, the motivations of the service seekers to solicit help from these mediators as well as institutional responses from the municipal administration along with other relevant actors like the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi are examined.


‘Right to Recall’ Reform Experience in Madhya Pradesh

The “Right to Recall” has been often seen as a way to make elected representatives more accountable to voters. However, the experience of the reform in local bodies in Madhya Pradesh, where it has been in force since 2000, has revealed how, in its present form, it could be vulnerable to political opportunism and arbitrariness of process.