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Demanding Development

Demanding Development
The Politics of Public Goods Provision in India's Urban Slums

Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Publication planned for: January 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108491938


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  • India's urban slums exhibit arresting variation in their access to basic public goods and services - paved roads, piped water, trash removal, sewers, streetlights. Why are some vulnerable communities able to demand and secure development from the state while others fail? Drawing on more than two years of fieldwork in the cities of Bhopal and Jaipur, Demanding Development accounts for the uneven success of India's slum residents in claiming public services. Auerbach's theory centers on the political organization of slums and the informal leaders who spearhead resident efforts to petition the state for public services. He finds that underneath the rough-and-tumble surface of electoral politics in India's cities lies striking variation in the extent to which networks of party workers have spread across slums. Demanding Development shows how this variation in the concentration and partisan distribution of party workers across settlements has powerful consequences for the ability of residents to politically mobilize and improve local conditions.

    • Offers readers a detailed account, based on two years of ethnographic fieldwork and survey research, of how slum dwellers in India's cities demand and secure essential public services from the state
    • Provides readers a theory-driven account of the politics that drive inequality across slum settlements in their access to public goods and services
    • Documents how India's slum residents cooperate and select informal leaders in contexts defined by high rates of ethnic and linguistic diversity, migratory fluidity, and dense living conditions
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: January 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108491938
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 38 b/w illus. 26 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from January 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Puzzling disparities at the margins of the city
    2. Setting the stage: governance and political parties in Urban India
    3. How party worker networks impact local development
    4. India's slum leaders
    5. Views from the ground: narratives from eight squatter settlements
    6. Party workers and public goods provision: evidence from 111 settlements
    7. Why party worker networks spread unevenly across settlements.

  • Author

    Adam Michael Auerbach, American University, Washington DC
    Adam Michael Auerbach is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, Washington DC. His doctoral dissertation won the Best Fieldwork Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), the Best Dissertation Award from the Urban and Local Politics Section of APSA, and APSA's Gabriel A. Almond Award for Best Dissertation in Comparative Politics. Auerbach's research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. His research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Contemporary South Asia, the Journal of Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, and World Politics.

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