The concept of good governance in South Asia poses a challenge at the implementation level, mainly due to ethnocentricity, regional disparities, division between poor and rich, and rural and urban division among the people. Concepts such as decentralization, citizen engagement, lean public service, privatization, autonomy, public-private partnership may work well in developed countries but may not produce the same results in the region where the majority of poor people expect their government to fulfill their basic needs.
Governance in South Asia needs to be reformed to ensure that poverty can be reduced, if not completely eradicated. Poor governance and the various means by which governance has fallen short, has led to lack of development and continuance of poverty in South Asian societies.
South Asian countries have more or less similar objectives, structures, value systems, cultures, and standards of governance despite different forms of government. The colonial legacy of British administrative system had its impact on centralization. Secrecy, elitism, rigidity, and social isolation is common to all South Asian countries. The post-colonial administrative system is built upon pre-colonial administrative traditions throughout the region. These countries can learn from each other’s experiences. They need to develop an indigenous model to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges of good governance. This book argues that countries in South Asian can achieve good results through good governance if they develop and adopt an indigenous model rather than simply borrowing models and ideas from the West.
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chapter |10 pages


part 1|22 pages

Governance in South Asia: Background

chapter Chapter 1|20 pages

Governance in South Asia

A Conceptual Analysis

part 2|69 pages

Governance and Globalization

chapter Chapter 2|18 pages

Macroeconomics of Governance in South Asia

chapter Chapter 4|23 pages

Role of Good Governance on Growth of Per Capita Income in South Asia

A Debate on Means and Ends

chapter Chapter 5|11 pages

Changing Global Power Constellation

China’s Rise and Its Implications for South Asia

part 3|47 pages

Governance, Politics and Violence in South Asia

chapter Chapter 6|19 pages

Governance and Conflict in South Asia

chapter Chapter 7|13 pages

Uneasy Partnership

Political Parties and Governance in South Asia

chapter Chapter 8|11 pages

Securitization of Nation-building

Scope and Limits of State Coercion against Insurgent Violence

part 4|133 pages

Governance in South Asia: Case Studies

chapter Chapter 9|9 pages

Statecraft in Jammu & Kashmir

Collapse of Governance

chapter Chapter 11|17 pages

Politics of Performance

A Comparative Study of Governance Models in India

chapter Chapter 13|16 pages

Revisiting Indus Water Treaty

chapter Chapter 14|26 pages

Governance and Geopolitics in South Asia