Governance, economic settings and poverty in Bangalore

  title={Governance, economic settings and poverty in Bangalore},
  author={Solomon Benjamin},
  journal={Environment \& Urbanization},
  pages={35 - 56}
This paper suggests that an understanding of poverty in cities such as Bangalore (often referred to as India’s Silicon Valley) requires more attention to the governance processes in which different groups compete for public investments and support. It describes the differences between the “local” and the “corporate” economies within Bangalore and their links with government. The local economies provide most of the population (including virtually all poor groups) with their livelihoods. They… 

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