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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 Germany: Learning from European Experiences
Administrative reform in Germany: Learning from European experiences

Germany is often regarded as a laggard—as far as administrative reform is concerned. Only some years after several other European countries had already conducted their reform initiatives and projects (see for example Banner and Reichard 1993), Germany, in the 1990s, started to modernise its public sector.1 Mayors and top administrators in cities and local authorities realised that the traditional bureaucratic structure would no longer be able to meet future requirements for providing proper public services at reasonable costs for their citizens (Elcock 1998).

The reason for that diagnosis has been an emerging turbulent environment, particularly for local authorities. Challenges came from shifts in public duties (from regulatory functions to public service ...

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