Politics and Policy Making Approaches to Development Practices: Towards a Sustainable Citizenship
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai
Thinking around the politics of development we are able to identify a growing body of research into the actual politics of development that threatens to turn mainstream governance thinking ‘upside down’. Politics stands at a crossroads caught between discrediting the `good governance’, and repoliticizing tools and discourses that attempt to reposition politics, creating space for alternative thinking.
Social theorists situate `Rights Talks’ as politics [as social movements] and institutional arrangement that links specific rights to developmental practices, lends support to marginalized sections, making it possible for them,as well to policy planners to re-politicise areas of development work .
Ever since participation entered mainstream development discourse, critics have attacked it as form of political control. If development is indeed an ‘anti-politics machine’ the claim is that participation provides a remarkably efficient means of greasing its wheels.
Engagement into an idea of technological citizenship or (sustainable politics) is to re-politicize technology for placing politics at the centre --[not by displacing it.The paper draws on several mechanisms that may underlie this membership: - that is sustainable technological citizenship as a form of membership. Applying this notion to current technological culture, sustainability is taken as a generalized form of justice.