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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 ...

Administrative Reform in India and Europe: A Comparative Perspective
Administrative reform in India and Europe: A comparative perspective
BijuPaulAbraham

Few would contest the claim that public perceptions of the role and functions of the state have changed significantly worldwide since the 1970s. Once considered an institution that was indispensable for ensuring economic growth, an equitable distribution of wealth and sustained improvements in standards of living, the state later became identified as one of the main obstacles to continued progress. In the 1980s, the very need for a proactive state was questioned in much of the Western world, especially in the United States and Great Britain by the ‘New Right’. In the 1990s, though there was an acceptance of the fact that the state was still relevant (Hobsbawm ...

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