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Recasting Public Administration in IndiaReform, Rhetoric, and Neoliberalism$
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Kuldeep Mathur

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199490356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199490356.001.0001

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Reform or Silent Revolution

Reform or Silent Revolution

(p.151) 13 Reform or Silent Revolution
Recasting Public Administration in India

Kuldeep Mathur

Oxford University Press

The concluding chapter summarizes the analysis and argues that a silent revolution is taking place transforming the whole idea of public administration focusing on public interest in providing public goods and services. The reform movement during the Plan period aimed towards strengthening this perspective. The neoliberal era is dominated by concerns of efficiency and technical competence in delivering services. The vocabulary features privatization, public–private partnerships, semi-autonomous institutions, and so on. New institutions in this framework are being established while traditional ones continue to exist. To oversee that these institutions work in public interest, multiple regulatory agencies are being instituted. A complex system of administrative system is emerging where boundaries of public and private are getting blurred and accountability being eroded.

Keywords:   silent revolution, public interest, public goods and services, privatization, public–private partnerships, semi-autonomous institutions

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