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Governance Unbound: Public Services, Players and Rules of the Game

Author(s) : R N Gupta ,
Region : World | Language : English | Product Binding : Paper Back | Page No. : 435 | Year : 2014
ISBN : 9789350023037

INR : 595.00


Have you ever wondered why:

-More than 50% of labour in the organised sector is 'shadow' labour.

-50% of food subsidy for the poor is misdirected or misappropriated.

-The rate of conviction in criminal cases is absymally low.

-Under-trial prisoners accused of petty crimes rot in jail for long periods, even much beyond the jail term for the offence.

-Cadaver organs are rarely available for transplantation.

-Registration plates on motor vehicles carry so many digits and numerals that nobody can rememebr them.

Find the explaination for these and many other perverse outcomes of otherwise well intentioned public policies and programmes in India, ranging from need based services, such as caste certificates, to public goods - education, control of crime and corruption. The problem seems to lie not in the policy design, implementing structures or incompetent officials - the usual scapegoats - but the unimaginative rules of the game which appear to ignore the incentives and behaviour of the human actors involved and are mainly concerned with filing forms and filing returns. Governments would do well, it is argued, to design appropriate rules and institutions which are compatible with the incentives of players not as econs, angels or demons, but as humans.


R.N. Gupta was a member of the Indian Administrative Service and has worked with the Government of India and the State Governments of Punjab and Tripura, administering, delivering, and in his words, 'inflicting' public services and regulations on the hapless public. He has also adequate experience working on the 'other side'; he headed the manageent of a major print media entity. The Tribune, for five years, apart of course from a long innings, after retirement, as a commoner. He is associated with the Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh and is a memebr of the Punjab Governance Reforms Commission. He has written a monograph on the RTI (Towards Transparency in Governance) and has co-authored two Studies on urban and rural governance in the states of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh.



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