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.

The Issue of Democracy

The issue of democracy

The issue of democracy has become important in contemporary international debates. As has been noted in the previous chapter, increasing globalisation makes it imperative that both national governments and global organisations respond to national, regional and local concerns regarding the negative effects of globalisation. It is believed that this can only be ensured in a democratic environment where effective mechanisms for reflecting over and responding to such concerns exist. The advantages of a democratic political system seem to be obvious. As opposed to one-party states, authoritarian governments, or military dictatorships, democracy provides a country with a government whose authority is derived from the consent of the governed. The legitimacy that free and fair elections confer on governments is ...

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