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Public Administration: A Reader

Bidyut Chakrabarty (Editor) Mohit Bhattacharya (Editor)
Synopsis What is Public Administration? What are the dominant theoretical and conceptual issues in the study of public administration? How do these reflect on patterns of governance and bureaucratic management of the state? What is unique to public administration in India? This reader brings together significant articles on the theory and practice of public administration. It outlines the historical processes associated with the growth of public administration as a discipline, and goes on to reflect on contemporary administrative perspectives and experiences.The reader discusses the major theoretical premises of the discipline and their efficacy in the practical sphere of governance, as also the prevalent structures of administration within specific political, social, and cultural roots. It elucidates: Various paradigms in bureaucratic operations and practices Theoretical advances since Max Weber's ideal type of bureaucracy. Riggs' administrative ecology. The Marxist concept of bureaucracy The book further focuses on changes brought about by globalization in governance including privatization and structural adjustment, and discusses these changes in the context of the markedly neo-liberal agenda of the modern state. The volume is unique in devoting an entire section to the Indian experience in administration that traces the evolution of administrative practices from colonial to contemporary times. In addition, it discusses the Weberian tendencies in the Indian bureaucracy, the relationship between governance and society, as also human rights and administration.
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About the authors

Bidyut Chakrabarty

Professor Bidyut Chakrabarty is currently a faculty at the Department of Political Science at the University of Delhi, New Delhi. He earned his PhD from the London School of Economics and has been associated with teaching and research for more than three decades. He has taught in some of the most prestigious educational institutions, such as the London School of Economics, UK; the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, India; Monash University, Australia; the National University of Singapore, Singapore; and Hamburg University, Germany. Professor Chakrabarty has authored six textbooks for SAGE, India:

Mohit Bhattacharya

Mohit Bhattacharya, Held the Centenary Chair of Public Administration, University of Calcutta, and the Vice Chancellor, University of Burdwan.

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Bibliographic information

Title Public Administration: A Reader
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195661753
length xviii+429p., 23cm.