In Search of Better Governance in South Asia and Beyond

Author: Ishtiaq Jamil,Steinar Askvik,Tek Nath Dhakal

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461473721

Category: Law

Page: 251

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The pursuit for better governance has assumed center stage in developmental discourse as well as reform initiatives of all organizations working for the public welfare, and includes such issues as service delivery and responding to citizens’ needs and demands. In the era of globalization, multilevel and new modes of governance are changing the traditional governance models of nation states, accelerated by technological innovation, rising citizen expectation, policy intervention from international and multilateral donor communities, and the hegemony of western ideology imposed on many developing nations. However, a universally accepted and agreed upon definition of 'governance’ still remains elusive. There is no consensus or agreement as to what would be the nature and form of governance and public administration. The question that is raised: Is there a universal governance mechanism that fits in all contexts or governance mechanisms should be based on home grown ideas?One can see various programs and policies of reforms and reorganizations in public administration in the developing countries, but these efforts have not been effective to address the challenging issues of economic development, employment generation, poverty reduction, ensuring equality of access to public services, maintaining fairness and equity, security and safety of citizens, social cohesion, democratic institution building, ensuring broader participation in the decision making process, and improving the quality of life. Therefore, there is a widespread concern for better governance or sound governance to bridge the gap between theory and practice, making this book of interest to academics as well as policy-makers in global public administration.

Human Well-Being and Policy in South Asia

Author: Vijay Kumar Shrotryia

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030332705

Category: Social Science

Page: 171

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This book explores human well-being in South Asia from a policy dimension. It discusses the cultural history and diversity of the region in order to highlight major priority areas of public policy to improve people’s quality of life. The huge gap between economic development and human development, in areas such as education, health and income, is a concern for policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders. The book helps develop a strong argument for a shift of focus of state’s expenditures aimed at improving human well-being, and assesses public policy initiatives from the perspectives of the stakeholders such as the state, the market, households, civil society as well as NGOs and agencies involved in this development mission. As such it is of great interest to scholars in the field of quality-of-life and well-being research and policymakers at national and international level.

Strengthening Local Governance in Bangladesh

Reforms, Participation and Accountability

Author: Shuvra Chowdhury,Pranab Kumar Panday

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319732846

Category: Law

Page: 216

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This book explores the impact of Bangladesh's Local Government Act of 2009 on the functioning of the local governments or Union Parishads (UP), with a particular emphasis on people’s participation and accountability. Throughout the chapters, the authors review the existing legal framework of UP and its relation to social accountability, examine how much of the social participation is spontaneous and how much is politically induced, question the success of the Citizen's Charter and Right to Information acts as mechanisms for social accountability, and present suggestions to remedy some of the problems facing people's participation and accountability in the UP. This book fills existing gaps in the discourse by adding new information to the literature on development research and legal reforms in Bangladesh, specifically in how those legal reforms have led to strengthening or weakening people's participation in local government. The target audience for this book are students and researchers in Asian studies , international development studies, and public administration, as well as practitioners working in the local governments discussed.

Governance in South, Southeast, and East Asia

Trends, Issues and Challenges

Author: Ishtiaq Jamil,Salahuddin M. Aminuzzaman,Sk. Tawfique M. Haque

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319152181

Category: Law

Page: 258

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This book explores and analyzes governance and policy issues in South, Southeast, and East Asia. It maps governance challenges and analyzes current trends from the perspectives of democracy, public policy, and public institutions. Regional public administration and governance systems have undergone some phenomenal changes over the last three decades and have played a key role in the economic progress of the area, especially in the Southeast and East Asian nations. Rich with country-specific evidence and analyses, the chapters in the book apply empirical and other research methods to examine shifting paradigms and best practices. This book develops an understanding of changes in the forms, process and practices of governance, both within the context of each nation and in a comparative perspective. The book will appeal to scholars, academics, students, and practitioners of public administration, political science, and policy issues.

Governance Approaches to Mitigation of and Adaptation to Climate Change in Asia

Author: H. Ha,T. Dhakal

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137325216

Category: Political Science

Page: 275

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Academics and practitioners from across Asia and beyond revisit the issues and impact of climate change in Asia. They examine the preconditions for good governance regarding climate change, and the role of state and non-state actors in climate change governance, and explore different political-legal frameworks.

The State of the World's Cities 2004/2005

Globalization and Urban Culture

Author: N.A

Publisher: UN-HABITAT

ISBN: 9211317053

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 198

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As towns and cities expand at unprecedented rates, sustainable urban development is one of the most pressing challenges facing the international community in the 21st century. This publication examines the realities faced by urban populations around the world, focusing on the impact of globalisation and the way cities are governed and planned, on the make-up and density of their population, and on their cultures and economies. Issues considered include: the impact of globalisation on urban culture; urban renewal and cultural strategies; the concept of metropolitanization; socio-economic and cultural impacts of international migration; urban poverty and homelessness, social inequality and exclusion; urban governance, safety and crime trends; contemporary planning strategies and the role of civil society; progress towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals targets for sanitation and housing. The report highlights the need for a new culture of planning to establish multicultural and inclusive cities, involving civil society as well as public authorities.

The City in Southeast Asia

Patterns, Processes and Policy

Author: Peter James Rimmer,Dick Howard,Howard W. Dick

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press


Category: History

Page: 340

View: 8165


"The City in Southeast Asia explores ways of moving beyond outmoded paradigms of the Third World City. It does this by examining urban patterns: the global cities of Singapore, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur; the national cities of Bangkok, Jakarta, and Manila; and the second cities of Chiang Mai, Surabaya, Cebu, and Penang." -- Book cover.