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dc.contributor.authorMenon, Sanskriti
dc.contributor.authorHartz-Karp, Janette
dc.contributor.authorMarinova, Dora
dc.identifier.citationMenon, S. and Hartz-Karp, J. and Marinova, D. 2021. Can deliberative democracy work in urban India? Urban Science. 5 (2): Article No. 39.

India faces extensive challenges of rapid urbanization and deficits in human well-being and environmental sustainability. Democratic governance is expected to strengthen public policies and efforts towards sustainability. This article presents a study in Pune, India, which aimed at exploring perceptions about public participation in urban governance and the potential of high-quality public deliberation to meet deficits. The research reveals disaffection of the public with government decision-making and government-led participation. Further, it shows that people are interested in participating in community life and seek to be partners in civic decision-making, but find themselves unable to do so. The study illustrates that high-quality public deliberations facilitated by an independent third party can provide a satisfactory space of participation, learning, and developing balanced outcomes. Citizens expressed readiness for partnership, third-party facilitation, and support from civic advocacy groups. Challenges with regard to government commitment to deliberative democracy will need to be overcome for a purposeful shift from conventional weak to empowered participation of ordinary citizens in civic decision-making. We anticipate that while institutionalization of high-quality public deliberations may take time, civil society-led public deliberations may help raise community expectations and demand for induced deliberative democracy.

dc.titleCan deliberative democracy work in urban India?
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleUrban Science

© 2021 The Authors. Published by MDPI Publishing.

curtin.departmentSchool of Design and the Built Environment
curtin.accessStatusOpen access
curtin.facultyFaculty of Humanities
curtin.contributor.orcidMarinova, Dora [0000-0001-5125-8878]
curtin.contributor.orcidMenon, Sanskriti [0000-0003-2871-7938]
curtin.contributor.researcheridMarinova, Dora [H-2093-2013]
curtin.contributor.scopusauthoridMarinova, Dora [6701561637]

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