Prof. Aseem Prakash in Global Asia, "Delhi’s Air Pollution: A Failure of Democratic Governance"

UW Poltiical Science Professor Aseem Prakash and colleague Nives Dolšak address how air pollution problems reflect governance failure because cities’ transportation infrastructure has not kept pace with their growing populations. But cities alone are not to be blamed for their poor air quality. Winds might carry air pollution from sources outside a city’s administrative control. For example Seoul, which receives trans-boundary pollution from China.

Mainly focused on New Delhi in India and how the air pollution reflects both internal and regional governance failures, the article addresses the issue of overpopulation, construction, agricultural stubble burning and how these three factors play a major role on the issue of air pollution. Also, how the democratic process is currently not helping to solve the problem or implemented well enough.

For the full article please link here.