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Public Institutions in India : Performance and Design

Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta

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ISBN 10: 0195667263 / ISBN 13: 9780195667264
Published by Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2005
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Contents Introduction/Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta. 1. Explaining democratic durability and economic performance the role of India's institutions/Devesh Kapur. 2. The Indian parliament/Arun Agrawal. 3. The presidency/James Manor. 4. Institutions of internal accountability/S.K. Das. 5. India's judiciary the promise of uncertainty/Pratap Bhanu Mehta. 6. The Police in India design performance and adaptability/Arvind Verma. 7. Civil service an institutional perspective/K.P. Krishnan and T.V. Somanathan. 8. Reserve Bank of India a study in the separation and attrition of powers/Deena Khatkhate. 9. India's federal institutions and economic reform/M. Govinda Rao and Nirvikar Singh. 10. New regulatory institutions in India white knights or Trojan Horses/Saugata Bhattacharya and Urjit R. Patel. 11. A rising tide of demands India's public institutions and the democratic revolution/Sanjay G. Reddy. Index. The modern state secures legitimacy and carries out its tasks of governance and development through a diverse range of institutions. This volume analytically assesses the design performance and adaptability of the principal institutions of governance in India and their critical role in a democratic polity. It is axiomatic that societies are well governed and well organized to the extent that their public institutions can adequately manage the demands imposed on them. In India it is commonly held that a modest record in development and governance is explained by the somewhat limited utility of many public institutions. The volume looks at the parliament presidency institutions of internal accountability the judiciary police and the civil service in addition to economic institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India as also several regulatory bodies paying special attention to the variables like autonomy accountability and information sharing that have affected the performance of different institutions across time. Also included are essays that explore the critical role played by institutions in enhancing economic performance strengthening federalism and deepening the democratic impulse in India. In addition they look at how electoral uncertainty has given a new lease of life to referee institutions like the Election Commission and the Supreme Court. Further the volume looks at the variations in institutional performance of the Indian State across time and evaluates if the state has the capacity to adapt to a changing environment. Providing detailed and original insights into the working of institutions and assessing the manner in which they assist strengthen thwart manipulate and subvert each other this unique volume will be of interest to a scholarly audience in political science public administration and political sociology in addition to bureaucrats and policy planners journalists activists and an informed general audience. 491 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 55949

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Title: Public Institutions in India : Performance ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardbound

Book Condition: As New

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This is a collection of essays on India's public institutions covering the parliament, the presidency, the judiciary, the comptroller and auditor general, the police, the civil service and economic institutions.

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Devesh Kapur is Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennysylvania. Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Preisdent of the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.

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