Abstract: This article studies the World Bank’s Calcutta Urban Development Project (CUDP) in the 1970s through the lens of institutional projection. Specifically, it focuses on the World Bank’s effort to strengthen the administrative capacity of the state of West Bengal as part of and as a condition for the success of urban development. The article critically engages with the characterization of the World Bank as an ‘anti-politics machine’ and argues that case of the CUDP shows that the organization, rather than trying to depoliticize India’s development problems, acknowledged the distinctly political nature of these problems and tried to solve them with managerial means.
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In our new issue we feature a dossier on cosmopolitanism and empire in the nineteenth century. The dossier contains essays on British-ruled India, postcolonial New Granada/Columbia, Black intellectual Edward Wilmot Blyden, and the scientific racism of T. H. Huxley and Julian Huxley, as well as a reflection piece on cosmopolitanism as doctrine, idea, and practice. The issue also includes essays on refugee humanitarianism in 1940s India and German involvement in human rights abuses in Chile.View entire issue >
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