IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Assessing the Mumbai metropolitan region: a governance perspective

Listed author(s):
  • Pethe, Abhay
  • Gandhi, Sahil
  • Tandel, Vaidehi

The paper written from a governance perspective takes the position that a useful governance perspective must be informed by the socio-economic-cultural milieu and in the specific Indian context must sit on a tripod of ‘political reality’, ‘state of decentralization’ and ‘basic economic principles’. Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) is one of the most important growth engines for India as it accrues tremendous revenues to the central and the Maharashtra (State) governments. It is thus crucial to ensure that the governance system in MMR is efficient for it to continue on its growth trajectory. We assess the performance of the governance system in MMR which resembles a polycentric governance system- a system that has been heralded as being greatly suited to metropolitan regions by several scholars. We recognize that Metropolitan governance is a concept since in reality it comprises a loose bundle of multiple actors and organizations. For sharper focus, we study the interactions between only two (dominant) public organizations- Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (an Urban Local Body of Greater Mumbai) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (a parastatal of the State Government). Our assessment reveals that the institutions – rules of the game – which are essential for the efficient functioning of polycentric governance system are missing in the region. Our findings emphasize the need to bring about micro reforms in the institutional framework for polycentric governance to be successful in MMR.

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
File Function: original version
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 39354.

in new window

Date of creation: 02 Jan 2011
Publication status: Published in Economic and Political Weekly 26&27.46(2011): pp. 187-195
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:39354
Contact details of provider: Postal:
Ludwigstraße 33, D-80539 Munich, Germany

Phone: +49-(0)89-2180-2459
Fax: +49-(0)89-2180-992459
Web page:

More information through EDIRC

References listed on IDEAS
Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:

in new window

  1. Krister Andersson & Elinor Ostrom, 2008. "Analyzing decentralized resource regimes from a polycentric perspective," Policy Sciences, Springer;Society of Policy Sciences, vol. 41(1), pages 71-93, March.
Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:39354. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Joachim Winter)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.