This book describes the various models, theories and practices of public administration and governance. It balances the dominant Western perspectives and models on administration with non-Western perspectives, and blends theory with practice by carefully explaining the theories governing the discipline while simultaneously focusing on public policy programmes. And, importantly, it describes how the local context heavily influences public administration, and why, therefore, it is difficult to formulate a universal definition or theory of the discipline.
Public Administration: From Government to Governance provides:
- Detailed discussions on the various classical theories, landmark conferences (such as Minnowbrook) and the changing discourses around the discipline of public administration.
- A comprehensive study of various non-Western models of governance through the works of M. K. Gandhi, Mao Zedong and Julius Nyerere.
- Chapters on governance and e-governance, public policy, and the failures and successes of major policies, ethics in governance, and the untapped potential of local governance in our country.
- Contemporary theoretical developments and the growing role of the market and civil society in governance.
This book serves as a ready-reckoner of public administration, incorporating almost all the important aspects of political and social life that are part of the process of governing. It will be useful for undergraduate and postgraduate students of political science and public administration, researchers and civil service aspirants.