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Author Pal, Anirban.

Title Planning from the bottom up : democratic decentralisation in action / Anirban Pal
Published Amsterdam : IOS Press : Delft, Netherlands : Delft University Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (126 pages) : illustrations, map
Series Sustainable urban areas, 1574-6410 ; 20
Sustainable urban areas ; 20
Contents 1. Introduction : purpose and design of the study -- 2. Context of metropolitan planning in Kolkata -- 3. Decentralisation of Kolkata's metropolitan planning -- 4. Comparative urban politics -- 5. Lessons in decentralised planning
Summary Planning from the Bottom up highlights the gap between the official rhetoric and the political reality of democratic decentralisation and bottom-up planning using an in-depth study of the metropolitan planning process in Kolkata, India. The key issue addressed here is how elected officials at different governmental levels, professional planners, and ordinary citizens interact in the process of metropolitan planning, and which players dominate the process. The focus is on the dynamic interactions between panners and the operation of the political process that shapes this reality. This book illustrates that there are differences in the real motives for the state to pursue decentralisation and what it claims to be behind its decentralisation policy and that he planning process is unlikely to be truly bottom-up if power is concentrated within any one political party. It also depicts how external funding, either from international agencies or higher levels of government, has the potential to force change in th local and regional structures of decision-making so that the voices of ordinary people can be included in public decision-making; for the effective implementation of bottom-up approaches to metropolitan planning the planning bureaucracy needs to be indepndent of the political class and bottom-up planning requires that planning capacity be built from a grassroots level. This requires devolution of both responsibilities and means/resources to carry out those responsibilities to the lowest level of planning
Notes Revised version of: thesis (doctoral)--University of Colorado, 2007
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 111-124)
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Subject City planning -- India -- Kolkata -- Citizen participation.
Kolkata (India) -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Kolkata (India) -- Social conditions -- 21st century.
Form Electronic book
Author Delft Centre for Sustainable Urban Areas.
LC no. 2009294094
ISBN 1282880365
1607505916 (electronic bk.)
9781607505914 (electronic bk.)