A Profile of the Public Service of India

Current Good Practices and New Developments in Public Service Management

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Public sector reform has moved on apace since the first of the Commonwealth Public Service Country Profile Series was launched in 1995 when the principles of New Public Management (NPM) were in an early stage of adoption. Since then, the various civil services described in the series have undergone radical change in scope, organisation and approach rendering a revision timely. Now up dated and completely revised, these reissued Country Profiles continue to be an accessible and valuable source of reference which attempt to both describe and analyse the often tumultuous and controversial public sector reforms which have taken place in contributing countries since 1995. Practising bureaucrats diplomats political and academic audiences will find these new books invaluable in benchmarking best practice in public sector reform across Commonwealth member countries.



Administrative Reform in Indian States

Fiscal crisis generated a systemic crisis during the 1990s and has now given a huge momentum to central and state efforts for fiscal and administrative reforms. While charting the second phase of the strategy of reform and liberalisation in India, there is a consensus that many of the reforms which are required to accelerate India's growth and poverty reduction need to be implemented by the states. These include not only fiscal reforms to address resource constraints, which are increasingly circumscribing the states' developmental role, but also power sector reforms to address a fundamental source of fiscal pressure and constraint to growth, and governance reforms to make state governments smaller, more accountable and effective in the delivery of services.


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