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‘This collection of essays by a number of scholars from India and Europe addresses economic, political and social issues of great contemporary significance. The most attractive feature of the volume is the comparative and inter-disciplinary approach which gives it its distinctive orientation. Munshi and Abraham have held diverse but important themes together in an exemplary manner’

- Andre Beteille, Chairman, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

‘This is an outstanding book on an issue easier talked about than acted upon. The editors have brought together in this rich volume a wide variety of essays which focus on India and Europe and clarify that it is necessary to contextualise good governance. The comparative perspective has the additional advantage of extending the analysis beyond the realm of the ...

Introduction1
Introduction
SurendraMunshi and BijuPaulAbraham

The task of this introduction is to spell out the concern that was behind the design of the Conference in which the chapters collected here were presented. This concern may be broadly identified as the issue of good governance in democratic societies in the context of globalisation. India and the European Union are viewed in a comparative perspective to see what the two unions can learn from each other. The collapse of the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern Europe has shown that the model of socialism that was adopted in these countries with the massive role that was assigned to the state in all spheres has not worked. Moreover, the pressure that is imposed by the processes of globalisation implies ...

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