Reaching the unreached? Good governance and welfare reform politics in Delhi, India Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2015 Taylor & Francis. Good governance scholarship has been preoccupied with the donor-driven conditionalities imposed on aid-receiving developing countries. Limited attention has been given to power struggles and resistance from government actors (bureaucrats and politicians) to embrace internally driven good governance programmes. To address this gap, this article ethnographically examines a good governance initiative of the Delhi government (India) to reform its welfare system in partnership with NGOs. The study indicates that the conflict between government and non-governmental actors over the authority to govern the poor eventually maintained the status quo of the welfare system while the poor remain marginalised.

author list (cited authors)

  • Dhanju, R., & O'Reilly, K.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • August 2015