- Subject index
‘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 ...
Chapter 2: Concern for Good Governance in Comparative Perspective
Concern for Good Governance in Comparative Perspective
Good Governance in Indian Debate
In a critique of the approach of the World Bank to the issue of governance, S. Guhan (1998) points out that to define governance as ‘the exercise of political power to manage a nation's affairs’ carries neutrality too far. It allows both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ governance to qualify in so far as political will is exercised in the management of those affairs. True, the World Bank has elaborated later its conception of governance in terms of economic role for the state, a set of ‘policy reforms’ and other non-economic aspects such as transparency, accountability, participation, and responsiveness in the process of government. These features do not yet add ...