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New Urban Politics
New urban politics

I have been a security guard at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation for years now and let me tell you something: in the past, this place would be filled with poor people wanting their government officials to respond to their various problems, now it is only filled with builders and CEOs of construction companies. (Akhilbhai, security guard at the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation [AMC])

As I waited to get an interview with the commissioner of AMC, Akhilbhai's statement (above) continued to disturb me as he chatted on happily. Akhilbhai was drawing my attention to an ontological shift in urban governance that has been termed “new urban politics” (NUP) in Anglo-American literature (Cox 1993; Hall and Hubbard 1996; MacLeod 2002, 2011). Drawing upon Harvey's ...

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