Leading the problems most critical to government decision makers worldwide are those that derive from privatization, democratization, and decentralization. Dr. Nagel and a panel of academics and practitioners help clarify the ways in which problems traceable to these trends are being handled and how they might be handled better in light of the goals, experiences, constraints, and other factors affecting participants in world governance. Among the many important features of the book is its interdisciplinary approach and the way it offers African, Asian, Latin American, European and North American viewpoints. It also combines the perspectives of liberal and conservative ideologies. Cross-national with concrete examples and broad concepts and principles carefully detailed, the book is an important source of background and insight.
Nagel and the contributors make clear that privatizing can involve shifting from government to private operations, with or without government ownership and with or without liberal contract provisions to protect consumers, workers, or the environment. They show that democratization can include the expansion of political participation and can give minorities the legal right to convert the majority to their positions, possibly the technological and economic facilitators as well. They also investigate ways in which national or state governments can be involved as high units in decentralization processes, but show that decentralization can involve local governments, neighborhoods, businesses, or even individuals as the lower or decentral units. Throughout, the book offers alternative positions and discusses their consequences from a variety of cross-national and interdisciplinary perspectives.
About the Author
STUART S. NAGEL is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is also Secretary-Treasurer and Publications Coordinator of the Policy Studies Organization and coordinator of the Dirksen-Stevenson Institute and the MKM Research Center, also at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Nagel has held fellowships and grants from the Ford, Rockefeller, and National Science Foundations, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and other important organizations. A prolific writer and editor, he lists among his more recent Quorum books Super Optimum Solutions and Win-Win Policy (1997), Legal Scholarship, Microcomputers, and Super-Optimizing Decision-Making (1993), and Computer-Aided Decision Analysis (1993).
Table of Contents
Government Owned Companies as Instruments of State Action: Experiences from Botswana by Bonu N. Swami
Government Owned Companies as Instruments of State Action: The India Case by Pradeep K. Saxena
Economic Transition and Public Service in Slovenia by Stanka Setnikar-Cankar
Nonprofit Organizations Under Government Contracting by Sherry J. Fontaine
Privatization of State-Owned Utility Enterprises: The U.S. Has Done It Too.
Democratization and Conflict Resolution in Africa by John W. Harbeson
Establishing a Democratic and Stable Constitutional Order in China by Xunda Yu
Democratization and the State in the Third World by Sushil Kumar
Globalization and Democracy in Latin America by He Li
The Decentralization Politics and Policies: A New Order and New Conflicts
Democratic Decentralization and Institutions of India by Neelima Deshmukh
State Human Services as Disciplined Intergovernmental Collaboration by Stephen Page