Administrative Reforms: Towards Sustainable Practices

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Amita Singh
SAGE, Oct 3, 2005 - Business & Economics - 319 pages
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This volume analyses the impact of globalisation on governance, and specifically on public-sector reforms. Starting from the premise that adhocism and sectoralism are the main reasons why past attempts at administrative reforms in India have not succeeded, this book maintains that some of the basic tenets of mainstream approaches to administrative reform require urgent and critical re-examination.

The ten essays in this book dwell on three distinct areas—urban governance, energy and environmental governance, and service delivery systems—which have been subjected to a blizzard of reforms in recent years. The contributors investigate the role of public and private partners as agents of change and showcase successful experiments that have transformed the lives of local rural communities.

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Amita Singh is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance (CSLG), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Her interest areas are critical administrative theory, administrative reforms and local and environmental governance. Her recent publications include ‘India-Australia Environmental Cooperation: Issues of Sustainability’, in D. Gopal and Dennis Rumley (eds.), India and Australia: Issues and Opportunities (Authors Press, 2004, New Delhi) and ‘Indian Administrative Theory: Context and Epistemology’, in Administrative Theory and Praxis (forthcoming, USA). She has just completed a Ford Foundation project titled ‘Impact of Trans-national Business upon Local Governance in Gurgaon’. Contact Prof Amita Singh at

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