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Globalization and Good Governance: Pressures for Constructive Reforms

R.B. Jain (Editor)
Synopsis A number of scholars of political economy and some World Bank officials has suggested-somewhat provocatively-that contrary to widespread pessimism regarding the effects of globalization on nation states and the quality of governance in developing countries, several of its features can be made instrumental, and be beneficial, in terms of public policy making and state capability. Four “constructive pressures” stemming from globalization could be seized constructively by citizens and governments in the developing world: first, Better informed and better connected citizens, and an emerging global civil society demand improvements in service delivery, transparency, and participation. Second, subnational governments, often backed by local NGOs and businesses, and keen to attract foreign investment, increasingly exert pressure vis-?-vis central governments. Third, global investment strategies by private businesses increase the demand for appropriate institutional arrangements within developing countries as well as credible government policies. Fourth, International Organizations, in particular International Finance Institutions, have been addressing public sector modernization in developing countries and although with mixed results, also sponsoring global public policy networks in critical areas. Globalization, thus, advances the discussion about, and the demand for, new institutional arrangement, clearly with new opportunities for improvements in state capability and governance not only in the developing countries but in some countries of the developed world as well. Globalization, also often acts like a magnifying glass, advancing the discussion about, and the demand for, such institutional arrangements. The book, which is the outcome of the papers presented at the panels of the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee # 4 at its 19th World Congress held in Durban in 2003, contains a number of essays reflecting on the conceptual analysis of the theme with select country studies. The thematic unity is provided by a comprehensive introduction and a conclusion by the Editor, who also raises some new concerns of good governance due to emerging notions of ‘global democracy’ and ‘global governance’, which have further put the nations of the world under tremendous pressures for constructive reforms. Based on the finding of the contributors, the compendium, in the final analysis, attempts to suggest a seven pronged strategy to meet the challenges of good governance in the age of globalization and its aftermath.
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About the author

R.B. Jain

R.B. Jain (b. 1933)is presently a National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research at the Indian Institute of Public Administration. He is a former Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science. University of Delhi, Delhi(India), and Professor and Head of the Department of Public Administration at Punjabi University, Patiala and Professor of Public Administration at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi. He has held appointments as Visiting Professor at various Universities in Canade, U.S.A. and Germany and has lectured as Guest Professor at a number of Universities and research intitutions in all the continents. A former editor of Indian Journal of Prolitical Science, and a member of the Editorial Board of The Indian Journal of Political Science, and member of the Editorial Board of The India Journal of Public Administration, he is currenlty on the editoorial board of Environment nd Security, a member of Board of Directors of the Center for BUsiness and Public Sector Ethics at Cambridge, Delhi Regional Branch of the Indian Institute of Public Administration. He has authored/editied 26 books and published more than 150 articles in refereed journals and compendiums all over the world.He was also a member of the Advisory Panel on Electoral Reforms and standards i public life of the Government of India's National Commission to review the working of the constitution and is on the panel of consultants to various foundations and organizations in Idnian and board. He has written extensively on Electoral and Pary Reforms, Good Governance and Political and Bureaucratic Corruption.

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Title Globalization and Good Governance: Pressures for Constructive Reforms
Author R.B. Jain
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176296791
length xv+291p., Figures; Tables; Notes; References; Bibliography; Index; 25cm.