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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.

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Overview

The present context of Indian public administration can be understood only in terms of changing policies for economic planning and the responsibilities assumed by the administration. When the country set out in 1950s on the road to a socialistic pattern of society and central planning, government direct intervention manifested itself in the regulation and licensing of economic and social activity and the establishment of a huge public sector in all aspects of the economy. The most rapid expansion of functions and public services occurred in the first four decades after independence, but the size of many ministries and state governments continued to increase up to the end of the twentieth century.

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