Comparative Study and the Section on International and Comparative and Administration (SICA)

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The Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA), the very first section of ASPA, is 25 years old this year. To commemorate this silver jubilee anniversary, a decision was made while I served as the Section Chair in 1976 that two symposia would be organized on the subject for publication in PAR. Accordingly, the first symposium was published in the January/February 1998 issue of PAR. This issue, the second installment, consists of four articles. The first one by Jon S. T. Quah deals with corruption, not only comparatively, but also internationally covering the ASEAN nations. Singapore, known as "Mr. Clean" in Asia, provides an impressive example of how to contend with corruption. The second article, by Krishna Tummala deals with the treatment of minorities in public service. Preferential policies of three countries--India, the United States and South Africa--are discussed here to show that a very altruistic public policy tended to be Highly politicized and has become even divisive. The article by Ali Farazmand is cautious about globalism and its consequences for public administration; and the fourth article (already published separately) dealt with the pros and cons of international development management more optimistically. …


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