Public Administration in South Asia: India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan

1st Edition

Meghna Sabharwal, Evan M. Berman

Published May 7, 2013
Reference - 517 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439869116 - CAT# K13168
Series: Public Administration and Public Policy


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A state-of-the-art, one-stop resource, Public Administration in South Asia: India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan examines public administration issues and advances in the Indian subcontinent. The book fulfills a critical need. These nations have the largest public administration programs in South Asia, yet existing knowledge on them is fragmented at best. Bringing together leading scholars from these countries, this book provides both an insider perspective and a scholarly look at the challenges and accomplishments in the region.

Focusing on the machinery of government, the book explores questions such as:

  • What is the history of public administration development?
  • How are major decisions made in the agencies?
  • Why are anti-corruption efforts so much a challenge?
  • What is the significance of intergovernmental relations?
  • What is the success of administrative reform?
  • What are examples of successful social development programs?
  • How successful is e-government, and what are its challenges?
  • Why is civil service reform difficult to achieve?
  • How is freedom of information being used as a means to combat corruption and invoke grassroots activism?
  • What can be learned from the successes and failures?

While public administration practice and education have become considerably professionalized in the last decade, a sufficiently in-depth and well-rounded reference on public administration in these countries is sorely lacking. Most available books tackle only aspects of public administration such as administrative reforms, civil service, economic developments, or public policy, and are country specific. None provide the in-depth analysis of the sphere of public action in South Asia found in this book. It supplies an understanding of how public administration can be either the source of, or solution to, so many of the problems and achievements in the Indian subcontinent.