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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 ...
Part II: Administrative Reforms
The opening chapter (Abraham) in this part is meant to provide an overview of the theme of administrative reforms in India and Europe in a comparative perspective. While the chapter by Wollmann examines public-sector reforms in international perspective, paying special attention to Germany and France, Roeber compares administrative reforms in Germany with other European countries. Three chapters are devoted to India, two of them being concerned with bureaucracy (Mathur, Agnihotri and Dar) and one with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the process of reform (Rajan).
Abraham in his chapter argues that the organisation and functions of the state have changed significantly since the 1970s, both in India and Europe, reflecting a worldwide trend. While in the 1980s, the very need for ...