About The Book Contemporary Debates In Public Administration
Public administration is reeling under complex challenges and pressures in the face of the changing trends in liberalization, privatization and globalization. As a pertinent area of social sciences, it is in search of a new identity in the form of theoretical bases, conceptual clarity and contextual applicability. The development of the discipline is characterized by failed, semi-developed and recycled narratives, which are unable to provide any well-defined epistemological parameters. Whatever one finds in the form of conceptual and applied growth in public administration, especially pertaining to the Third World, appears to be borrowed, imitated and implemented out of context.
The discipline of public administration must therefore reinvent itself in the wake of new developments in the areas of theory building, organizational reforms, information technology, participatory development, corporate ethics, humane governance, responsive administration, non-state organizations and administrative capability.
This book makes an attempt to grapple with some of these contemporary concerns in order to generate a debate on the impact of globalization on public administration. A collection of diverse topics that address various facets of public administration, the overall thrust is on developing indigenous approaches for meeting the growing demands of the changing scenario. The wide range of issues covered in the volume makes for a comprehensive view of the various perceptions within the discipline of public administration.
The book will be of immense use to students, academicians, researchers, policy makers and practitioners in public administration.
Table of Contents:
About the Editor.
Theory: A Perspective.
Public Policy Discourse: The Inter-Subjective and Symbolic Dimensions of Administration.
Understanding the Dimensions of Uncertainty in Public Administration.
Public Choice Theory: Government in the New Right Perspective.
Consent, Constitutions and contracts: The Public Choice Perspective on the State.
Some Reflections on the Changing Complexion of the State.
Changing Trends in Public Administration: The Globalization Context.
Reconstruction of a Modern Public Sector: Some Key Concerns.
Marketing Public Administration: The New Public Management Approach.
Good Governance: A Conceptual Analysis.
Good Governance: Issues of Responsiveness and Decentralization.
Decentralization: Concept, Characteristics and Constraints.
Women, Society and the State: Some Reflections on the State's Approach towards Women's Empowerment in Society.
Law Enforcement Agencies and Human Rights.
Principles and Practices of Corporate Governance.
Corporate Governance Framework: Issues and Challenges.
Ethics of Corporate Governance: Some Lessons for the Government.
Impact of e-governance on Public Administration.
A Nation Online: Public Administration in the Digital Age.
The Failure of Organizational Reforms: A Tragic Story of Indian Administration.
Values and Institutions for Honest and 'People-Oriented' Administration: Towards a Synthesis of Western and Indian Approaches.
From Legal-Rational to Moral-Legal-Rational Bureaucracy: A Case Study of a Civil Servant.
Right to Information: A Key to Accountable and Transparent Administration.
The Citizen's Charter Initiative: Pronouncement of a Paradigm Shift in Bureaucracy-Client Interface.
Emergence of Civil Society Organizations: The Globalization Context.
Creating Alternative Institutional Arrangements: Role of User-group Self-initiatives.