About the Talk:
Building on recent research, this talk will engage with the ‘politics of the urban’ by comparing and contrasting modes of urban governance and the policies and practices to which they give rise in China and India. Strong economic growth in both countries, largely driven by metropolitan regions, has made the urban a strategic site for intervention by both private and state actors. The specific aim here is to discuss the politics driving particular instruments of urban development. By focusing on the ‘politics of the urban’ the objective is to capture both the diverging interests and unequal power relations among various groups, the winners and the losers of urban transformation, as well as the contestation sparked by rescaling processes across state scales in each national context.
About the Speaker:
Loraine Kennedy is a Senior Research Fellow at the CNRS and member of the Center for South Asian Studies (CEIAS) at the EHESS in Paris. She is currently finalizing a special issue on “State Restructuring and Emerging Patterns of Subnational Policy-Making and Governance in China and India” (forthcoming in Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy). Her research covers three main areas: the linkages between new forms of economic governance and industrial development in India in relation to state rescaling strategies; the positioning of State governments in India in relation to the national economic reform agenda, both in discourse and action; the assertion of metropolitan cities in India as growth engines and the governance implications.