There are a multitude of hazards that confront attempts to change institutional or political orders in pursuit of good governance. Even seemingly technical prescriptions run up against local political and social realities which make their adoption difficult and, if adopted, require significant modification of the original prescriptions. Moreover, the technical, rationalist and/or normative language employed in the good governance discourse masks contests over power, rights, resources, and actors’ conflicting interests. There is a definite need to situate the good governance debate in the local context rather than reflexively adopting a universalistic positing of the fact or desirability of governance convergence across countries and sectors because the reality is that the world-wide deployment of good governance rhetoric is not accompanied by convergence in thinking or practices across nations. Transforming Asian Governance asks:

• How do good governance principles translate into local settings?
• How do local settings influence the conception of what is good governance and how the debate over good governance is deployed as a political or administrative strategy?

Using case studies in governance from Thailand, the Philippines, Pakistan, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Korea and Japan, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the public and social policy of Asia, and international and comparative governance more generally.

chapter 1|18 pages


chapter 2|23 pages

Improving Administrative Performance in Malaysia

The More Difficult Next Steps in Reform

chapter 3|16 pages


Getting Governance Right for Inclusive Growth

chapter 4|16 pages

Is Foreign Aid Compatible with Good Governance?

Theory and Evidence from the Philippines

chapter 6|19 pages

The Hara Factor

Some Lessons from Innovations in Governance in Japan

chapter 7|19 pages

“Good Governance” and the Constraints of Local Conditions

Thaksin and the Breakdown of Thailand's Public Integrity System

chapter 9|14 pages

Healthcare Reforms in Thailand

Rethinking Conventional Wisdom

chapter 10|21 pages

Restructuring Government

An Empirical Analysis of Agencification in the Public Health System of Rajasthan

chapter 11|17 pages

The Structural Transformation of Public Bureaucracy Towards Good Governance

The Case of Team-Based Management in the Korean Government

chapter 12|23 pages

Technocratic Solutions Versus Political Realities

Implementing Governance Reforms in the Balochistan Province of Pakistan