This title was first published in 2000: This timely volume makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of the issues faced by developing countries embarking on the path of democracy and economic development. Accountability in public management and administration is an essential element in the decision making process. It provides a comprehensive study of public institutions and their management in a developing context.
’Both authors make a valuable contribution to public management. This book should be of interest to all students of public management and development.’ Howard Elcock, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, UK
Contents: Conceptual Analysis: The meaning of accountability; The importance of accountability in public management; A typology of accountability and its mechanisms; Administrative reform: obstacles and solutions. Descriptive Aspects: The system of government in Bangladesh; History and machinery of accountability in Bangladesh; Understanding accountability in Bangladesh; Problems of accountability in Bangladesh public management. Theoretical Considerations: Democracy - consequences of weak accountability; Development - consequences of weak accountability; Human rights - consequences of weak accountability. Comparative Perspectives: Comparisons: problems in the UK, India and Sri Lanka; Solutions found in other countries. Applications: Creating conditions and applying positive lessons for accountability in Bangladesh; Role of government in making accountability effective; Role of public opinion. Conclusion; References; Appendices; Index.
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