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Sustainable Good Governance, Development and Democracy
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Sustainable Good Governance, Development and Democracy

  • N Bhaskara Rao - Founder-Chairman, Centre for Media Studies, New Delhi, India.

January 2019 | 308 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Despite seven decades of planned development efforts, there remains disparity in distribution of wealth in India. More than half of the national wealth is owned by merely 1 per cent of the population. In 2050, the Indian Republic completes 100 years. A hundred years should be good enough for a country to accomplish its democratic goals as envisaged by its constitution makers. Will India be able to fulfil its objectives in the next 30 years? Sustainable Good Governance, Development and Democracy addresses this question and argues that this is the time for a forthright perspective of what went wrong and how this should be corrected to make headway in the model of governance, development and democracy in India. The book argues that the three pillars of the State—the legislature, judiciary and executive—alone cannot accomplish these goals. It advocates six pillars, including the news media, civil society and political parties, to work in tandem with each other through a ‘checks and balances’ framework to achieve sustainable good governance.
 
Foreword by Subhash C. Kashyap
 
Preface
 
Seven Decades of Republic
 
Whither Seven Decades of Planned Development?
 
Decline in Party Politics
 
Country of Contradictions
 
Pillars of the Republic
 
Cost of Parliamentary Democracy
 
Options and Alternatives
 
Understanding Linkages
 
Power to People
 
Differentiating Parties
 
A Development Paradigm
 
Good Governance, Not Rhetoric
 
Origins of Good Governance as a Concept
 
Different Perspectives
 
Distinguishing Features of Governance
 
Good Governance: Compulsions and Characteristics
 
Sustaining Development
 
Some Differentiating and Inhibiting Factors
 
Proof of Pudding Indicators
 
Pillars of the Republic
 
Political Parties
 
Declining Legislatures?
 
The Executive/Civil Services/Bureaucracy
 
Justice System and the Judiciary
 
Basic Dilemma of the Fourth Estate
 
Civil Society: Is It Not the Fifth Pillar?
 
Education: A Differentiator
 
ICT: The Double Edger
 
Facilitators and Destabilisers
 
Negating Trends of Governance
 
Is Government a Continuing One?
 
Corruption—Public Face of Good Governance!
 
NITI Ayog: The New Commission?
 
Dampening Trends
 
Desh Badal Raha Hai, Not Our Leaders
 
Prajala Vaddaku Palana (Government at the Doorsteps)
 
Most Sought-after Public Services
 
Hire- and Fire-based Appointments
 
Institutions Sustain Governance
 
Not Without a Future Outlook
 
Slogans Could as Well Be the Mantras
 
Rights Regime
 
Rights Regime and Mechanisms
 
Basic Public Services for Good Governance
 
Six Pillars of the State
 
Dilemma of Right to Education
 
RTI Crying Out for Revival
 
Could There Be a Formula to Go About?
 
Initiatives and Instruments
 
Is Having a Vision Not Good Governance?
 
It’s a Six-pronged Pursuit
 
ICT—A Differentiator
 
Big Change with Citizen Initiatives
 
Networking
 
Systems and Institutions Are Important
 
Education Route—A Sure Bet
 
Independent Research and Training
 
Index
Key features

·         The book is full of analysis and insights pertinent to the current poll scene and governance issues.

·         The book views development, democracy and governance as a trajectory that could help shift in the much needed paradigm.

·         It suggest ways by which a nation can achieve sustainable good governance.



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