Book Review: Bidyut Chakrabarty and Prakash Chand, Public Administration in a Globalizing World

AuthorAlokka Dutta
Published date01 June 2017
Date01 June 2017
Subject MatterBook Reviews
Book Reviews 311
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Globalizing World. Delhi: SAGE Publications, 2013, 546 pp., `525.
DOI: 10.1177/0019556117699739
Public administration is being constantly reinvented simply because of the
processes in which it is embedded. It is state-centric and as the scope and
complexities of the state activities increase, public administration can hardly
afford to remain static. Given the complex nature of public administration in the
changed national and international milieu, it would, however, be difficult if not
impossible to dwell on each and every relevant issue. This book provides an
exhaustive account of public administration as an effort seeking to accomplish
public well-being. Indian example is perhaps the most appropriate illustration to
understand the changing nature of public administration for two reasons: First,
because of the peculiar historical circumstances in which Indian administration
was shaped after Independence in 1947. This had characteristics which were
neither completely Western nor purely indigenous but a unique mixture of both.
The pattern seems to have continued. Even after the adoption of new economic
policy in 1991, public administration remains committed to ‘the public sector’
despite having endorsed ‘the market rhetoric’ in development. Second, besides
substantial continuity, both in spirit and in content, Indian public administration
provides a creative response to the neoliberal avalanche by drawing upon India’s
distinct socio-economic circumstances. Indian examples also direct our attention
to the underlying values shaping public administration. Hence, public
administration can never be static but is being constantly redefined. This book
serves a useful purpose to the students seeking to grapple with the complex

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