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2nd Edition

Public Administration in the 21st Century
A Global South Perspective

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ISBN 9781032252513
March 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
184 Pages

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Book Description

Public Administration has experienced a fundamental rethinking of its basic objectives, concepts and theories during the 21st century.

This book examines the transformations happening in global societies, the economy and in politics, to trace the trajectory of public administration as an academic discipline as well as being a focus of social science research. It presents a reassessment of governance in heterogenous developing countries that goes beyond the traditional Weberian bureaucratic model, toward new models of organization and management, informed by their legal, constitutional, economic and political needs, aspirations and ground realities. This is especially important in relation to the marginalized sections of society that primarily rely on citizen entitlements through public service delivery systems. The author looks at widening the range and scope of public administrative agencies with the gradual cooperation of multiple actors, such as the civil society, people at large and even the private sector, in a partnering role. The author revisits the discipline to tackle intellectual dilemmas that current governance theories and practices are confronting, or will have to confront in future administrative situations.

In the second edition, the volume brings into focus lessons on policy and governance learnt from the Global South in building administrative capacities in post-Covid-19 times.

An essential read on the mandates and challenges for the state regarding the rising South, this book will be indispensable to scholars and researchers of politics, especially governance and public policy, sociology and development studies. It will also be of interest to bureaucrats, NGOs and government officials.

Table of Contents

1. The Changing World of the 21st Century: Building New Administrative Capacities 2. The Discipline of Public Administration Today 3. The Public and its Policies 4. Democracy, the State and the Citizen 5. Good Governance to Governing Development Today: Comparative Research Studies 6. The Covid-19 Pandemic: Lessons from the Global South 7. India and China: Models from the South 8. Public Administration in the 21st Century: Dilemmas and Challenges 9. Does Model Building: Work for the Global South? 10. Summing Up


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Rumki Basu is Senior Fellow & Head, Centre for Public Policy and Governance in the Institute of Social Sciences, New Delhi. Formerly, she was Head & Professor of Public Administration in Jamia Millia Islamia (2005-2021). She was also the Director of the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies and the Sarojini Naidu Centre for Women’s Studies in Jamia. She has published 14 books, 28 articles and 20 book chapters on issues of Public Policy & Governance, International Organization, and the Political Economy of Development in India. She has presented papers in the World Congress of Political Science in Poznan (2016), Madrid (2012), Santiago (2009), Seoul (1997) and Berlin (1994) besides participating in International Workshops in South Asia and the Pacific Region. Her latest three books, Democracy and Public Policy in the Post Covid-19 World: Choices and Outcomes (2021), Public Administration in the 21st Century (2019) and Governance in South Asia (2017) have been published by Routledge, Francis and Taylor Group. She has received the Indian Council of Social Science Research Teacher Fellowship Award and the Bharat Jyoti Award in 2013 by the India International Friendship Society. She has also been a recipient of the Mary Hamilton Award - 2021 as recognition for the major contributions made to the field of International Public Administration by the American Society for Public Administration.