Tenure, Diversity, and Commitment: Community Participation for Urban Service Provision

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Somik V. Lall

World Bank

Uwe Deichmann

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Mattias K.A. Lundberg

World Bank

Nazmul Chaudhury

World Bank

Date Written: June 2002

Abstract

What factors influence community participation in the delivery of urban services? In particular, does security of tenure enhance the probability of participation as it provides individuals with incentives to act collectively in pursuit of a common objective? And are collective efforts less likely to succeed when there is a high degree of heterogeneity in culture or endowments among community members?

Lall, Deichmann, Lundberg, and Chaudhury use household level survey data for Bangalore, India, to show that tenure security has a significant impact on the willingness of residents to participate even when neighborhoods are diverse in terms of their cultural background and welfare status. Their findings suggest that participation is possible in heterogeneous communities when it is a means to a common objective and not a goal by itself.

This paper - a product of Infrastructure and Environment, Development Research Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to examine factors influencing urban development. The authors may be contacted at slall1@worldbank.org, udeichmann@worldbank.org, mlundberg@worldbank.org, or nchaudhury@worldbank.org.

Suggested Citation

Lall, Somik V. and Deichmann, Uwe and Lundberg, Mattias K.A. and Chaudhury, Nazmul, Tenure, Diversity, and Commitment: Community Participation for Urban Service Provision (June 2002). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=636226

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Mattias K.A. Lundberg

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Nazmul Chaudhury

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