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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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Shedding Functions as Reform

Shedding Functions as Reform

(p.72) 6 Shedding Functions as Reform
Recasting Public Administration in India

Kuldeep Mathur

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses many ‘reform-oriented’ practices that were undertaken and critically examines their general impact on the pursuit of public interest. The first step in the direction of the neoliberal framework of governance was of reducing the size of the government. Apart from efforts at reducing the number of employees, new institutions were established to shrink the state. Water supply is examined here to illustrate some of the issues involved specifically with the growing dominance of ‘efficiency’ as a policy design principle.

Keywords:   ‘reform-oriented’ practices, public interest, neoliberal framework, water supply, ‘efficiency’

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