As good governance becomes more and more important with societies all over adjusting to the reality of the emerging world, the good governance discourse paradoxically seems to be exhausting itself. This is the time to revive it.
The Intelligent Person's Guide to Good Governance is unique in that it takes the discourse on governance beyond its self-inflicted narrow perspective by providing an integrated treatment of various relevant issues, for example, the role of the state or the idea of civil society. In carrying out a lucid analysis of a fluid concept, this book offers a ‘one-stop’ resource for understanding the subject. The central argument of the book that any serious engagement with good governance must go beyond an exclusive reliance on the state or the market and explore different modes of partnerships, including public participation, is relevant and indeed timely in the present crisis.
This book will interest all those concerned with the issues of governance. It will be particularly useful to students and research scholars in the fields of social sciences, management, administration and commerce.
Chapter 3: The Third Way
The Third Way
To understand the recent appearance of the Third Way in the First World, it may be helpful to take a quick view of some of the important events that took place in the last three decades of the previous century. Margaret Thatcher became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1979 and remained in that position up to 1990 when she was succeeded by John Major who held that position till 1997, giving the country thus nearly two decades of Conservative rule. On the other side of the Atlantic, Ronald Reagan became the President of the United States in 1981, followed by George Bush in 1989 who stayed in power till 1993. This was a Republican achievement, though not ...