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The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance

The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance

Edited by Andrew Massey and Karen Johnston

The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance is a ground-breaking volume with eminent scholars addressing the key questions in relation to how international governments can solve public administration and governance challenges in an increasingly globalized world. With international coverage across Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, North and South America, the authors adopt contemporary perspectives of governance, including public policy capacity, wicked policy problems, public sector reforms, the challenges of globalisation and managing complexity. Practitioners and scholars of public administration, public policy and public sector management will be better informed with regard to the issues and structures of government and governance in an increasingly complex world.

Chapter 12: Administrative developments in India

Krishna K. Tummala

Subjects: politics and public policy, public administration and management, public policy


Fully cognizant of the greater possibility of errors of omission rather than commission and possible sweeping generalizations, this chapter attempts to provide a brief narrative about Indian administration within the context of an ‘ecological study’ as advocated by Fred W. Riggs (1961 and 1964), himself inspired by John M. Gaus (1947). Riggs further proposed that it is not enough to study the environment of administration, but must also dwell on the ‘context’. The Waldovian (Waldo, 1948) tradition that public administration is political philosophy is also followed here. Administrators do not act in a vacuum but within a given political/ideological setting. Given that, this chapter starts by providing the Indian setting, then dwells on the political and administrative arrangements, and concentrates on three relevant aspects: ‘reservations’, administrative behaviour and the more insidious and ubiquitous corruption.

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