Administrative Reforms: Towards Sustainable Practices

Administrative Reforms: Towards Sustainable Practices

by Amita Singh (Editor)




In this collection of 11 articles, contributors describe the impact of globalization on urban and local governance (primarily in India), power and transport, and the social sector, including case studies on innovations in local governments in Kolkata, two Indian cities and a handful of American cities, on the regulation of Indian power and its environment, on literacy in Bihar, in health care, in disaster relief, and in governmental service delivery. The concluding essay is particularly interesting in its approach to how small changes wrought by local innovations affect governance and social issues at a national or even international level. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761934431
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 10/03/2005
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Urban Local Governance Reforms
Decentralizing Experiment - Mohit Bhattacharya
A Case Study of Kolkata Municipal Corporation
Good Practices in Public Sector Reform - Jennifer Jalal
A Few Examples from Two Indian Cities
Local Government Innovations in American Cities - Vidu Soni
Power and Transport Sector Reforms
Regulation of the Indian Power Sector - Daljit Singh
Lessons for Other Sectors
Regulatory Experiments in the Indian Power Sector - Sudha Mahalingam
Missing the Wood for the Trees
Battling for Clean Environment - Kuldeep Mathur
Technocrats and Populist Politics in Delhi
Social Sector Reforms
Administrative Lessons from the National Literacy Mission in Bihar - Shaibal Gupta
Practices and Imperfections in Health Sector Reforms - James Warner Bjorkman
Logic, Options, Constraints and Corrections
Rehabilitation of Cyclone Affected People - Uma Medury and Alka Dhameja
E-Governance - Suresh Misra
Responsive and Transparent Service Delivery Mechanism
Conclusion - Kuldeep Mathur
Micro Innovations and Macro Changes

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