Good Governance, Democratic Societies and Globalisation


Edited by: Surendra Munshi & Biju Paul Abraham

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  • Part I: The Societal Context of Governance

    Part II: Administrative Reforms

    Part III: Corporate Governance

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    This book is the outcome of an international conference that was held at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta from 25 to 27 April 2002. The papers presented at the Conference are included here, with the exception of one paper. These papers went through revisions after the Conference. To these papers has been added an introduction that not only outlines the concern that was behind the design of the Conference but also provides an important outcome of the Conference. We have tried to take a broader view of good governance, going beyond disciplinary and other demarcations. This will be borne out by the coverage of the papers as well as by the profile of contributors.

    The Conference was organised as part of the European Union (EU)-India Economic Cross-Cultural Programme (ECCP) and was on ‘Good Governance in Democratic Societies in Cross-Cultural Perspective’. The following institutions and persons were involved in the project: the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta was represented by Professor Surendra Munshi and Dr Biju Paul Abraham; Professor Diane Reyniers and Professor Peter Abell represented the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management, London School of Economics; Professor Hellmut Wollmann represented Humboldt University, Berlin; Professor Rudi Schmidt represented the Friedrich Schiller University, Jena; Professor Sergio Bortolani represented Scuola di Amministrazione Aziendale (SAA), University of Turin; and Professor Abram De Swaan represented the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research. The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta was the coordinating institution of the network.

    We are thankful to our partners for their support. They stood by us throughout the duration of the project. Their contribution to the project was significant at all stages. We could not have asked for better partners. Other contributors to the Conference represented here have also earned our gratitude. Our thanks are due to those doctoral students of our Institute who took the responsibility of acting as rapporteurs of the Conference: Shamama Afreen, Debabrata Chattopadhyay, Nilanjan Ghosh, Runa Sarkar, Manish Singhal, and Munish Thakur. Runa Sarkar and Munish Thakur contributed in a significant manner even after the conference in collating the rapporteurs’ reports. Our research assistants, Soma Chaudhuri and later Anupama Muhuri, proved excellent in their work and gave us invaluable research assistance.

    We are grateful to the European Community represented by the European Commission for the award of the financial grant that made this project possible. This book has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Community. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and can therefore in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Community. The Indian Institute of Management Calcutta offered a supportive environment for carrying out the project. We are thankful to Professor Amitava Bose and Professor Ranjan Ghosh for their support. Thanks are due to the staff members of the Institute, especially Mr K.A. Ahmed, who were in one way or the other involved in the project.

    For a competent handling of the publication plan of the book we are grateful to SAGE, especially to Debjani M. Dutta who was entrusted with the task of publication. To the anonymous reviewer appointed by the publisher, our thanks for a detailed report on the book that proved useful to us.

  • About the Editors and Contributors

    The Editors

    Surendra Munshi is Professor of Sociology in the Sociology Group of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He has researched and taught in India and abroad in the fields of classical sociological theory, sociology of culture and industrial sociology. His current research interests include good governance and ‘excellence’ as a managerial objective.

    Biju Paul Abraham is an Assistant Professor in the Environment Group of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. His teaching and research interests include issues related to public policy, administrative reforms and good governance. He has also worked on international governance issues, especially decision-making within the World Trade Organisation.

    The Contributors

    Peter Abell is former Director and founder of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also Visiting Professor at the Copenhagen Business School. He is the author of several books on cooperation and papers on organisation, rational choice and methodology.

    V.K. Agnihotri, IAS, is currently Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India. His areas of interest include public policy, rural industries, panchayati raj, good governance, economic reforms, and primary education. He has several publications to his credit including Skills for Effective Administrators, Environment and Development, Public Policy Analysis and Design, Dimensions of the New Economic Policy and Socio-Economic Profile of Rural India.

    Asish K. Bhattacharyya is Professor of Finance in the Finance and Control Group of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He has research interests in corporate governance, corporate financial reporting and business valuation. He is the author of Principles and Practice of Cost Accounting and Financial Accounting for Business Managers.

    R.K. Dar IAS (Retd.), Former Secretary to Government of India, was till recently the Chairman of the first State Finance Commission of the newly created state of Uttaranchal. He has edited a book titled Governance and the IAS: In Search of Resilience. His research interests include bureaucracy, federal systems and decentralisation.

    Abram De Swaan is Research Professor (Universiteitshoogleraar) at the University of Amsterdam. He has published among others In Care of the State: Health Care, Education and Welfare in Europe and the USA in the Modern Era. His most recent work is Words of the World: The Global Language System. At present his research interests are social policy, social identifications, and the rivalry and accommodation between language groups in a transnational perspective.

    Paola De Vincentiis is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Economics of the University of Turin. She is the author of The Money Market and The Bond Market.

    Prem Shankar Jha, a noted journalist, was the Information Adviser to the Prime Minister of India in 1990. He has a number of books to his credit, including India: A Political Economy of Stagnation, Management of Public Enterprises in Developing Asian Countries, In the Eye of the Cyclone: The Crisis in Indian Democracy, Kashmir 1947: Rival Versions of History and The Perilous Road to the Market: A Political Economy of Reform in Russia, China and India.

    Angela Liberatore works in the Directorate General for Research of the European Commission on issues related to governance and citizenship and was involved in the preparation of the Commission's White Paper on Governance in the Working Group on ‘Democratising Expertise’. Her research interests include European integration and governance, democracy, conflict resolution, sustainable development and risk management. She is the author of The Management of Uncertainty: Learning from Chernobyl.

    Luke Martell is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Sussex. He is the author of Ecology and Society, the co-author of New Labour: Politics after Thatcherism and Blair's Britain. He is the co-editor of The Sociology of Politics, Social Democracy: Global and National Perspectives, and The Third Way and Beyond: Criticisms, Futures andAlternatives. He has published papers on socialism, neo-liberalism, social movements, and New Labour.

    Kuldeep Mathur is Professor at the Centre for Political Studies and Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has published on public policy processes, bureaucracy, decentralisation, and state-society relations. Among his recent publications are Development Policy and Administration and Policy and Technocracy and Development: Human Capital Policies in India & the Netherlands.

    Vithal Rajan is Volunteer Chair of the Governing Body of the Confederation of Voluntary Associations which works through community empowerment for harmony between poor Hindu and Muslim communities living in urban and rural areas of India.

    Darryl Reed is Associate Professor in the Division of Social Science at York University and the Co-ordinator of the Business & Society Programme. His current research interests are the field of business and society, including corporate governance, community economic development, business ethics, and development ethics. He has published in several journals including the Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics: A European Review, and International Journal of Social Economics.

    Diane Reyniers is Professor in Management and Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Management at the London School of Economics. Her research interests are in the fields of operations research, management, mathematical sociology, and economics. She has published papers in Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Journal of Computational Economics, International Journal of Game Theory, European Journal of Operational Research, International Game Theory Review, and British Journal of Sociology.

    Manfred Roeber is Professor of Public Management at the University of Applied Sciences for Technology and Economics in Berlin. He has a number of research projects to his credit and has written several books and papers in refereed journals and books. His recent publications include as co-author Berliner Verwaltung auf Modern-isierungskurs and Hauptweg und Nebenwege and as co-editor Moderne Verwaltung fuer moderne Metropolen.

    Rudi Schmidt is Professor of Sociology at the University of Jena. His fields of research include sociology of work and economy, industrial relations, transition of societies in Europe, sociology of management and white-collar workers, modernisation of industry and production systems. His recent publications include as a co-author Betriebliches Interessenhandeln (in two volumes) and as a co-editor Managementsoziologie.

    Anju Seth is Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in research issues in strategic management that can benefit from a multidisciplinary approach, particularly drawing from economics and finance. Her papers have appeared in Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, Managerial and Decision Economics, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Management Inquiry, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, California Management Review, and Handbook of Business Strategy.

    Anup Sinha is Professor of Economics in the Economics Group of the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. His academic interests, both in terms of teaching and research, are in the areas of economic development and macro-economic policies. His recent publications include (as co-editor) The Challenge of Sustainable Development: The Indian Dynamics.

    Hellmut Wollmann is Emeritus Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at Humboldt University, Berlin. His major research fields include public sector reforms (with a focus on local government), evaluation research and institutional transformation of former socialist countries. His recent publications include as editor Evaluation in Public Sector Reform and as a co-editor Local Democracy in Post-Communist Europe and Comparing Public Sector Reform in Britain and Germany.

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