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Governance in the gullies : democratic responsiveness and leadership in Delhi's slums, Volume 1
 
Author:Jha, Saumitra; Rao, Vijayendra; Woolcock, Michael; Country:India;
Date Stored:2005/08/24Document Date:2005/09/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:City Development Strategies; National Governance; Housing & Human Habitats; Urban Services to the Poor; Urban Environment
Language:EnglishRegion:South Asia
Report Number:WPS3694Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 3694
Volume No:1  

Summary: 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.

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