Governance in the Gullies: Democratic Responsiveness and Leadership in Delhi’s Slums

Jha, Saumitra ; Rao, Vijayendra ; Woolcock, Michael

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The authors use detailed ethnographic evidence to design and interpret a broad representative survey of 800 households in Delhi's slums, examining the processes by which residents gain access to formal government and develop their own informal modes of leadership. While ethnically homogeneous slums transplant rural institutions to the city, newer and ethnically diverse slums depend on informal leaders who gain their authority through political connections, education, and network entrepreneurship. Education and political affiliation are more important than seniority in determining a leader's influence. Informal leaders are accessible to all slum dwellers, but formal government figures are most accessed by the wealthy and the well-connected.

Document type: Working paper
Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
Date: 2005
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2015
Number of Pages: 37
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Political science
Controlled Keywords: Delhi, Slum, Verwaltung
Uncontrolled Keywords: Delhi, Slum, Regieren / Delhi, Slum, Governance
Subject (classification): Politics
Countries/Regions: India
Additional Information: © World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 Unported
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