Conserving Coastal Commons through Panchayati Raj Institutions

Mohammed Mushkoh Ramish Commons are typically understood to be resources or spaces that are open and accessible to all members of a community. Unlike private property which is characterised by individual ownership, rent and exclusivity of use, commons are communally “owned” and governed by communities that have traditionally used them. Fields, pastures, and ponds, as…

User-Charges In Indian Cities

User charges can work as an important source of revenue for cash strapped Municipal Corporations. Akshay More analyses the economy of parking fees in Mumbai and its effect on municipal finances.

By the People, For the People

Participatory Budgeting – Local self-government’s road to autonomy The 73rd and 74th amendment act of the constitution, passed in 1993, ushered a new era of governance reforms in India. The amendments constitutionally mandated the third tier of governance in the country thereby deepening the roots of democracy and bringing people closer to decision making. The…