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Public Administration in India: Case-Studies

M.C. Gupta (Editor) Kamal Nayan Kabra (Editor)
Synopsis This volume of fifteen case-studies dealing with several facets of public administration in India marks the continuation of the IIPA’s long-standing practice of publication of case-study volumes. The complexity of Indian reality, the daunting nature of the tasks and challenges facing the Indian administration call for innovative measures. In turn, these pose difficult methodological questions concerning the appropriate modes of comprehension, conceptualization, codification and documentation, and their effective communication. The critical point is that a process of learning by doing must be activated by wider sharing of the lessons of experience. It is such attempts which become the basis for inductive theories, with their wider canvass. In this process case-studies play an important practical, heuristic and pedagogic role. It was in this perspective that this volume was conceived. A number of these case-studies were awarded on the basis of the perception of our chosen experts, while others too were considered suitable material for wider dissemination and sharing. These case-studies are both teaching cases as also research case-studies and present a rich mosaic of administrative experiences. It is hoped that these case-studies touching upon various aspects of public administration in India would be found useful both by the practitioners and the students of public administration. Since these are relevant and contemporary to the Indian context, this volume will also assist the trainers and teachers of public administration to avert the criticism that they may lean on out-of-date case-studies and that too of far-away situations.
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About the authors

M.C. Gupta

M.C. Gupta, Director and Head of Teaching Faculty of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), combines tremendous experience of a civil servant with high intellectual caliber. Through manning top echelons of administration, both at the Central Government level (like Secretary, Industry, Public Enterprises and Company Affairs; Member-Secretary, Tenth Finance Commission; Advisor, Planning Commission; etc.) as well as at State Government level (Like Chief Secretary of Haryana – holding an unparalleled record of three stints in that position – and managing almost all key Departments), he has gathered enormous fund of rich practical experience and insights to draw upon on the working of governmental machinery pertaining to finance, economic affairs, industrial development, public enterprises, human resource development, etc., including reform initiatives in the present context, having a direct bearing on the theme of the volume.

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Kamal Nayan Kabra

Kamal Nayan Kabra is Professor of Economics at the IIPA, New Delhi. Prior to that, he taught economics at Delhi University for a decade. Prof. Kabra is involved in training senior and middle level civil servants, and public sector managers at the Institute. He has also undertaken research and consultancy assignments for various central ministries, state governments, public enterprises, UN agencies and the ICSSR. He has held many positions during his career which include Director, Food Corporation of India; Chairman of the Committee to Review Forward Markets, Government of India; and Chairman of the Expert Committee on the Economics of Tobacco, Government of India. A prolific writer, he has published a large number of journals, articles and books, notable among the latter being The Black Economy in India: Problems and Policies; Nationalisation in India: 1947-80 (2 Volumes)’ The Political Economy of Brain Drain; Political Economy of Public Distribution of Food in India; Planning Process in a District and Development Planning in India.

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Bibliographic information

Title Public Administration in India: Case-Studies
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121206294
length 197p., Tables; Index; 22cm.