A Political Economy of Slum Spaces: Mathare Valley

A Political Economy of Slum Spaces: Mathare Valley

This paper studies the spatial characteristics of slums, seeking to explain why rulers tend to neglect the welfare of their dwellers. While located close to the centers of power, their high population density implies that they cover small space and are easy to cordon off in case of danger. Here it studies crime when spatial configurations motivate the focus on one specific slum: Mathare Valley.