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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 ...

The Societal Context of Governance
The societal context of governance
The Societal Context of Governance

Three chapters in this part are devoted to Europe (De Swaan, Liberatore, Martell), two are devoted to India (Sinha, Jha), and the opening chapter (Munshi) is meant to provide an overview of the theme in comparative perspective.

Munshi locates the theme of good governance in Indian debate and also in the context of reinventing government. The debate in India on this point has considered, often critically, the stand of the World Bank on good governance. The issue of the legitimacy of the state and its role has also been raised, especially after the reforms introduced since 1991. The approach of reinventing government that was popularised in the United States by an ...

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