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Based on large-scale field surveys, Good Governance: Delivering Corruption-free Public Services studies trends in corruption in public services and offers suggestions on ways to implement good governance.

Given the adverse effects of corruption on society and economy, the author illuminates upon the linkages between corruption processes and operations, and provides a strategic approach to curb this menace together with a methodology for ensuring graft-free delivery of public services.

Not delineating corruption from the fabric of daily life, the discussion centers around a broad framework on how to go about addressing corruption from different perspectives—how the government should tackle it, what initiatives citizens and civil society should take and how the news media could explore a proactive and contributing role.

Good Governance talks about the pertinent problem of creating sustained public pressure for change with emphasis on the proactive need for change.

Perceptions About Corruption
Perceptions about corruption

A general feeling in the country is that corruption has increased over the years, despite promises to the contrary by successive governments and leaders of political parties while they were in power. This is true in the case of both need-based as well as greed-based corruption. One would expect that with increase in the greed-based corruption, need-based corruption would have declined. To what extent has that been the case? Or is it that increase in one kind has led to an increase in the other? While corruption at higher levels is more because of loopholes in the law and deterioration in political culture, the need-based corruption involving citizens is more to do with the governance and grassroot-level activism of civil ...

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