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As good governance becomes more and more important with societies all over adjusting to the reality of the emerging world, the good governance discourse paradoxically seems to be exhausting itself. This is the time to revive it.
The Intelligent Person?s Guide to Good Governance is unique in that it takes the discourse on governance beyond its self-inflicted narrow perspective by providing an integrated treatment of various relevant issues, for example, the role of the state or the idea of civil society. In carrying out a lucid analysis of a fluid concept, this book offers a ?one-stop? resource for understanding the subject. The central argument of the book that any serious engagement with good governance must go beyond an exclusive reliance on the state or the market and explore different modes of partnerships, including public participation, is relevant and indeed timely in the present crisis.
Is there one book on good governance that you can read to acquire the basics on the subject? The Intelligent Person?s Guide to Good Governance is written with just this question in mind. It is written for all those who may be interested in exploring the subject for academic or practical purposes. Surprisingly, in the vast literature that exists on good governance, there is no such book, nationally or internationally.
Table of Contents
The Concept of Good Governance
The Role of the State
The Third Way
The Idea of Civil Society
Beyond National Boundaries
The Issue of Democracy
Appendix: Is India Ungovernable?