Sound Governance: Policy and Administrative Innovations

Sound Governance: Policy and Administrative Innovations

Sound Governance: Policy and Administrative Innovations

Sound Governance: Policy and Administrative Innovations


The economic, political, and cultural forces of globalization affect every citizen of the world--and the institutions that govern them. Against a backdrop of increasing resistance to these forces, especially in the developing world, this volume establishes a new theoretical and practical framework for analyzing the effects of globalization on nation-states, local governments, nongovernmental and international organizations, and other administrative systems. Invoking a term attributed to Darius the Great over 2,500 years ago--sound governance--editors Ali Farazmand and Rosalyn Carter set the stage for a rich and multidimensional collection of essays on emerging issues in public administration around the world.

Topics include: The impact and influence of the United Nations; Ethics and accountability in government; Applying the total quality management model to public sector institutions; Judicial and legislative reforms; Business-government partnerships and improvements in the delivery of public services. The result is a comprehensive study of innovations in public administration that will serve as an essential resource for students, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners alike.


This book was born out of a serious debate on the issues of governance and administration since the late 1990s. the popularity of the term governance over government and administration resulted in a proliferation of books, articles, and conference papers aimed at addressing a broader notion of government business with broad participation of the governed. Consequently, the concept of good governance appeared as a new term to negate the practice of bad governance, considered to be a characteristic of the traditional forms of government.

Many international conferences have been organized with the theme of governance and good governance, funded and supported by transworld corporations, leading industrialized governments of the West, and United Nations agencies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Their agenda has been to promote good governance in accordance with structural adjustment programs that emphasize market reform, denationalization and privatization, corporatization, commercialization, and deregulation around the world.

Promotion of the concept of good governance, however, has been a half-truth reality, as many governments, organizations, and citizens have realized its fallacies and shortcomings in practice. While much is preached in theory, little is accomplished or realized in practice. the whole notion of governance has, therefore, become a new concept in theory to involve governments, citizens, nongovernmental organizations, and public stakeholders with the principles of accountability, transparency, responsibility, and responsiveness.

Similarly, dissatisfaction with public bureaucracies and traditional forms of administration, as well as problems associated with the intellectual crises of public administration, have prompted many scholars and practitioners worldwide to adopt the concept of governance as a broader notion to encompass government and administration in the study and publication of works on public administra-

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