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Cities and Public Policy
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Cities and Public Policy
An Urban Agenda for India

First Edition

May 2014 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
The twenty-first century will witness a rapid urban expansion in the developing world. India, it is believed, will be at the forefront of such a phenomenon. This book acknowledges the role of agglomeration externalities as the cornerstone of urban public policy in India. 

Arguing that hypotheses of over-urbanization and urban bias theory—which articulated a negative view of urbanization—are based on fragile theoretical as well as empirical foundations, this book calls for proactive public policy to harness planned urbanization as resource. India requires agglomeration-augmenting, congestion-mitigating, and resource-generating cities as engines of economic growth, including rural development. 

The book provides a large number of practical examples from India and abroad to enable policy-makers undertake reforms in urban and regional planning, financing, and governance to meet the challenges of urbanization in India. It combines theory and practice to draw lessons for an urban agenda for India and recognizes the central role of cities in catalysing growth and generating public finance for economic development.   



 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
Cities and Agglomeration Economies
 
Fallacy of Over-urbanisation
 
Spatial Planning, Transportation, and Land Use
 
Right to the City: Making Urbanisation Inclusive
 
Financing City Development and Services
 
Using Urban Land as a Resource
 
Institutional Framework for Good Urban Governance
 
Cities and Public Policy: An Urban Agenda for India
 
Bibliography
 
Index

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