Public Administration in South Asia India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan Edited By Meghna Sabharwal, Evan M. Berman

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A state-of-the-art, one-stop resource, Public Administration in South Asia: India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan examines public administration issues and advances in the Indian subcontinent. The book fulfills a critical need. These nations have the largest public administration programs in South Asia, yet existing knowledge on them is fragmented at best. Bringing together leading scholars from these countries, this book provides both an insider perspective and a scholarly look at the challenges and accomplishments in the region.

Focusing on the machinery of government, the book explores questions such as:

  • What is the history of public administration development?
  • How are major decisions made in the agencies?
  • Why are anti-corruption efforts so much a challenge?
  • What is the significance of intergovernmental relations?
  • What is the success of administrative reform?
  • What are examples of successful social development programs?
  • How successful is e-government, and what are its challenges?
  • Why is civil service reform difficult to achieve?
  • How is freedom of information being used as a means to combat corruption and invoke grassroots activism?
  • What can be learned from the successes and failures?

While public administration practice and education have become considerably professionalized in the last decade, a sufficiently in-depth and well-rounded reference on public administration in these countries is sorely lacking. Most available books tackle only aspects of public administration such as administrative reforms, civil service, economic developments, or public policy, and are country specific. None provide the in-depth analysis of the sphere of public action in South Asia found in this book. It supplies an understanding of how public administration can be either the source of, or solution to, so many of the problems and achievements in the Indian subcontinent.

Table of Contents

Public Administration in South Asia, Meghna Sabharwal and Evan M. Berman

History and Context of Public Administration in India, R.K. Mishra
Public Policy Processes and Citizen Participation in India, Dolly Arora
Intergovernmental Relations in India, Rekha Saxena
Public Service Ethics in India, Sangeeta Sharma
Freedom of Information in India, Rumki Basu
Administrative Reforms in India, Mahendra Prasad Singh
Civil Service System and Reforms in India, Krishna K. Tummala
e-Government in India, Mohammed Badrul Alam

History and Context of Public Administration in Bangladesh, Mohammad Mohabbat Khan
Public Policy Processes and Citizen Participation in Bangladesh, Salahuddin M. Aminuzzaman
Public Service Ethics and Corruption in Bangladesh, Mobasser Monem and Hasan Muhammad Baniamin
Freedom of Information in Bangladesh: Policy Dynamics, Present State, and Challenges, Pranab Kumar Panday and Golam Rabbani
Administrative Reforms in Bangladesh, Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, A.K.M. Reazul Hassan, and Mohammad Golam Kebria Sarkar
Civil Service System and Reforms in Bangladesh, Mohammad Mohabbat Khan and Mohammad Ashraful Haque
e-Government in Bangladesh: The Dawn of Citizen-Centric Public Administration? Noore Alam Siddiquee
Public Agencies Initiatives for Social Development in Bangladesh, Quamrul Alam

History and Context of Public Administration in Pakistan, Muneer Ahmad
Public Policy Processes and Citizen Participation in Pakistan, Mohsin Bashir
Intergovernmental Relations in Pakistan, Muhammad Amjad
Public Service Ethics in Pakistan, A.R. Jafri
Administrative Reforms in Pakistan, Muhammad Zafar Iqbal Jadoon and Nasira Jabeen
Civil Service System and Reforms in Pakistan, Nasira Jabeen and Muhammad Zafar Iqbal Jadoon

Sri Lanka
History and Context of Public Administration in Sri Lanka, A.M. Navaratna-Bandara



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