Urban Governance in India and China: A Comparative View





The pace of urbanisation in India and China has, of late, been rapid. This raises concerns over urban governance in both countries. While urban governance in India is supposed to take place according to the 74th Amendment to the Constitution, in China, it is largely led, guided, and experimented upon by the Chinese Communist Party. With these aspects in view, this article looks at the extent to which urban governments in these countries have been moving from traditional government to network governance. What are the roles of state, civil society, and markets in the emerging scenario of urban governance so defined? The task of moving towards ‘governance’ is incomplete in both countries. While urban governance and urban civil societies are weak in India, markets are strong; whereas, in China, the urban government is strong while markets and civil society are weak. There is still a long way for both countries to go towards networked governance in urban areas.


Urban Governance, India, China, Civil Society, Market Reforms

Author Bio

Anil Kumar Vaddiraju, Institute for Social and Economic Change

Anil Kumar Vaddiraju is Associate Professor and Head, Centre for Political Institutions, Governance and Development (CPIGD)