Reinventing Government for the Twenty-First Century: State Capacity in a Globalizing Society

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* Melds theoretical models with practical experience
* Written by world-renowned experts on public administration
* Guides future policy debates on helping to build effective and efficient states

How does a government seeking to participate in and benefit from an integrated and interdependent world become more professional, technologically proficient, deregulated, and accountable? Reinventing Government for the Twenty-First Century tells you how.

The authors identify the forces of globalization and the structural changes needed to increase state capacity and enhance global-scale participation. Professionals directly involved in assisting governments show public leaders and administrators how to improve the quality of their performance in government.

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"Shows how well-established but easily-forgotten findings of traditional development administration are merging with experimental and innovative programs as governments mobilize to deal with globalization, to re-invent themselves, and to address massive domestic injustice."

"Offers readers experience, perspectives, analyses, proposals, and ideas they will not find anywhere else on central, important matters having a bearing on everyone."

"An excellent and coherent series of readings, which provide both conceptual models and practical lessons of experience relating to the dynamic opportunities and challenges of building the capacities for a competent state in an era of globalization."

"Full of innovative ideas, this volume stands out as exceptionally well informed, lucid, and measured. A most useful reading for all those concerned with the role of the state in the era of globalization."

"The authors and editors have forged a rare, coherent narrative illuminating the state as a competent, adaptable partner linking global with local governance for navigating this new century."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565491793
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

G. Shabbir Cheema is Principal Adviser on Governance, Division for Public Administration and Development Management, United Nations. He is also visiting Fellow, The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovations, Harvard University. As a senior UN official for the past 15 years, including six years as the Director of Governance Division of UNDP, he provided leadership in crafting democratic governance and public administration programs at the country level. He also designed global research and training programs in electoral and parliamentary systems, human rights, transparency and accountability of government, urban management and decentralization.
Dr. Cheema has authored and edited eight books and numerous book chapters and journal articles on governance and public administration. His books include Reinventing Government for the Twenty First Century: State Capacity in a Globalizing Society, co-editor (Kumarian Press 2003); Urban Shelter and Services: Public Policies and Management Approaches, author (Praeger 1987); and Decentralization and Development: Policy Implementation in Developing Countries, co-editor (Sage Publications 1984).

Dennis A. Rondinelli (1943-2007), the former Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America. He was Senior Research Scholar at the Duke Center for International Development, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina and the Glaxo Distinguished International Professor of Management Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Rondinelli’s research spans the United States, Asia, Central Europe, Latin America, and Africa. He authored or edited 18 books and published more than 250 articles in scholarly and professional journals and book chapters. He served as an advisor, consultant, or expert to the U.S. State Department’s Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Labor Office, the United Nations Development Program, and to private corporations. In 2002 he was appointed to a four-year term as the member from the United States of the United Nations Expert Committee on Public Administration and he was reappointed in 2005 for a second four-year term. Dr. Rondinelli received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Rondinelli passed away in March, 2007.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
1 Reinventing Government for the Twenty-First Century: An Introduction 1
2 Globalization and the Role of the State: Challenges and Perspectives 17
3 Promoting National Competitiveness in a Globalizing Economy: The State's Changing Roles 33
4 Making Globalization and Liberalization Work for People: Analytical Perspectives 61
5 Pro-Poor Policies for Development 83
6 Strengthening the Integrity of Government: Combating Corruption Through Accountability and Transparency 99
7 Mobilizing the State's Financial Resources for Development 121
8 Building Social Capital Through Civic Engagement 143
9 Creating and Applying Knowledge, Innovation, and Technology 163
10 Strengthening Local Governance Capacity for Participation 181
11 Decentralizing Governance: Participation and Partnership in Service Delivery to the Poor 195
12 Partnering for Development: Government-Private Sector Cooperation in Service Provision 219
13 The Competent State: Governance and Administration in an Era of Globalization 243
About the Contributors 261
Index 265
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