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Rethinking Public Institutions in India$
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Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Milan Vaishnav

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199474370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199474370.001.0001

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The Civil Service

The Civil Service

(p.339) 9 The Civil Service
Rethinking Public Institutions in India

K.P. Krishnan

T.V. Somanathan

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a comprehensive overview of the institution of the civil service, covering its initial design as conceived by the makers of the Indian Constitution and changes in that design. It makes an assessment of the effectiveness of the civil service as an institution against four criteria: preserving the constitutional democratic order, impartial implementation of the “rule of law” vis-à-vis citizens, faithfully translating the will of elected governments into policies while effectively implementing those policies, and promoting development (including efficient and effective public services). It explores the causes of the various shortcomings identified in the performance of the civil service and compares the Indian civil service with other countries on several parameters. It concludes with a detailed discussion of policy ideas on reform, drawing on Indian and international experience.

Keywords:   civil service, public management, public sector reform, corruption, Indian Administrative Service, performance management, pay compression

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