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On the Fringes of Government: A Personal Journey

A. Premchand (Author)
Synopsis This autobiography deals with the events in the life of the author who is relatively an unknown entity but who, in a span of five decades of public service in India and abroad, worked as a faculty member of university, an official of Government of India, a consultant with Ford Foundation (India) and a staff member of International Monetary Fund (for nearly three decades). Although pegged to the chronological events in the author’s life, the book is devoted more to delineation of the contemporary political, social and economic events that had an immense influence on the patterns of life in general, and on the author’s life in particular. He was not a participant in these events, but as a keen observer, with the worm’s eye view, he presents a graphic and moving account of rural life in coastal Andhra during the last stages of British era, and of political events that shaped ordinary lives. The second and concluding parts of the books are devoted to a discussion of how government bureaucracies work (or, for the most part, do not work), how they are in a state of self-denial in the recognition of impending problems, how they evolve policy packages in the thirteenth hour, and how the revealed or hidden social preferences of policy-makers mould policies and rationalize their failures.
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About the author

A. Premchand

Arigapudi Premchand, an Indian, is a retired Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund. During his service with IMF, he was Chief of the Public Expenditure Management Division for several years. He is an author/editor of a dozen books, twenty-five book chapters, and more than seventy papers. Since retirement from IMF, he has been working as a consultant with several international organization including Asian Development, World Bank, and the United Nations as well as with academic institutions – Kennedy School of Government, Georgia State University and National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (New Delhi). He and his wife live in Irvine, Southern California.

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Bibliographic information

Title On the Fringes of Government: A Personal Journey
Author A. Premchand
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8174765239
length viii+373p., 22cm.
Subjects History