Democratization in Progress: Women and Local Politics in Urban India
This book presents the findings of an empirical study of the implementation of women s reservations in four Indian mega-cities: Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai. It offers a detailed and lively account of what it means to be a woman Councillor in an Indian mega-city today, and a critical view of the functioning of Municipal Corporations, with specific emphasis on women s roles and opportunities to participate and perform in their new environment. By choosing to consider the decentralization policy in general and women s reservations in particular as an experiment in democratization, the authors provide useful and useable insights into a range of issues at stake.To what extent, in what ways and under which conditions can increased political representation of women at the local level empower women?Is the functioning of urban local bodies truly participatory and inclusive?What are the (other) reforms needed to make women elected to urban local bodies more effective agents of urban development?Archana Ghosh, an economist, is Senior Faculty and Head of the Urban Studies Department in the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi, and is based in its Eastern Regional Centre at Kolkata.Stéphanie Tawa Lama Rewal, a political scientist, is a research fellow at the Centre for the Study of India and South Asia (CNRS EHESS), Paris, and a visiting scholar at the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi.
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