New book by Joop de Wit exploring the informal patronage relations between the urban poor and service delivery organizations in Mumbai, India.
This book by Joop de Wit is published by Routledge as part of its Cities and Urban Imperative Series.
It examines the conditions of people in slums and traces the extent to which they are subject to social and political exclusion.
Delving into the roles of the slum-based mediators and municipal councillors, it brings out the problems in the functioning of democracy at ground level, as election candidates target vote banks with freebies and private-sector funding to manage their campaigns.
The book provides a comprehensive, multi-level overview of the various actors within
local municipal governance and democracy.