Get 40% off select print & eBooks in Engineering & Materials or 50% off eBooks in Medicine & Psychology!

Exploring Urban Change in South Asia

Small Towns and Decentralisation in India

Urban Local Bodies in the Making

Authors: de Bercegol, Rémi

Free Preview
  • Fills a research gap in urban studies by providing insight into small town governance
  • Critically discusses a major governmental reform process, decentralisation, which has been launched worldwide
  • Provides original and unique data collected directly from the ground reality of small towns
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2764-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2762-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This book examines the impact that decentralisation reforms, initiated in the early 1990s, have had on small towns in India. It specifically focuses on small towns in Uttar Pradesh, one of the most densely populated and poorest states in India.

Although considered home to one of the oldest urban civilisations, India remains one of the least urbanised regions in the world. At the same time, the country has many million-strong metropolises that are among the world’s largest megacities, as well as a multitude of small and medium-sized towns and cities. This paradoxical urbanisation, against a backdrop of reforms, has interested the scientific community to gain a more nuanced understanding of the changes and challenges involved. This book analyses an urban environment often overlooked by researchers and public authorities, namely, that of small towns. These towns are of vital importance as this is where the bulk of future urban development will take place. However, decades after implementation of the reforms, the majority of reviews and assessments have focused on large cities and so the impacts of the reform on small towns are still poorly understood. This book includes extensive primary data about political, technical and financial municipal issues in small towns of northern India and, is therefore, of interest to students, researchers and planners working on urban and regional studies in the global South.

About the authors

Rémi de Bercegol, Ph.D., is a Research Fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He has a doctorate in Urban Planning from LATTS (research group on technology, territories and societies) at ENPC/UMLV, Paris Est, France. He was a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) in New Delhi between 2008 and 2012. During this time, he undertook research for his book on small towns and decentralisation reforms in northern India. Beyond the scope of India, his research focuses now on world urbanisation and the transformation of cities in the global South, analysed principally in terms of their essential services (water, sanitation, waste management and energy).

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Understanding the Changing Urban Space in India

    Pages 1-33

    Bercegol, Rémi

  • From Theory to Practice: Field Research in Four Small Municipalities in Eastern Uttar Pradesh

    Pages 35-83

    Bercegol, Rémi

  • From Local to Regional Challenges, the Political Profile of the Small Towns’ Municipal Councils

    Pages 85-131

    Bercegol, Rémi

  • Between Urban Imbalances and Technical Constraints: The Challenges of Managing Local Public Services

    Pages 133-184

    Bercegol, Rémi

  • From Dependence to Artificial Autonomy: Low Financial Resources of Small Municipalities

    Pages 185-234

    Bercegol, Rémi

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2764-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-81-322-2762-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Small Towns and Decentralisation in India
Book Subtitle
Urban Local Bodies in the Making
Authors
Series Title
Exploring Urban Change in South Asia
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer India
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature India Private Limited
eBook ISBN
978-81-322-2764-9
DOI
10.1007/978-81-322-2764-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-81-322-2762-5
Series ISSN
2367-0045
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 253
Number of Illustrations
53 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
Topics