The case of electronics city in peri-urban Bengaluru new regimes of private governance

Mathew, Idiculla (2016) The case of electronics city in peri-urban Bengaluru new regimes of private governance. Economic and Political Weekly, 51 (17). pp. 102-109. ISSN 2349-8846

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New forms of urban organisation with private modes of governance are being unleashed across India through the creation of special economic zones, industrial townships and smart cities. This paper aims to bring a grounded understanding of the emergence of such spaces by examining the transformation of the governance systems in Electronics City in peri-urban Bengaluru with the constitution of the Electronics City Industrial Township Authority. Even though ELCITA is not a democratically elected body, it is vested with the powers of a municipality, including the power to levy property tax and perform municipal functions. Such an institution could be created because of an exception provided for industrial townships under the 74th constitutional amendment. New urban regimes like ELCITA are created to bypass the social and political realities of Indian cities. Does this represent a new regime of governance that questions some of the basic premises of state authority in a democracy?

Item Type: Article
Authors: Mathew, Idiculla
Uncontrolled Keywords: Private Governance, New Regimes, Urban Governance, Municipal functions
Subjects: Social sciences > Public administration
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
Full Text Status: Public
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