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Governance in Developing Asia

Public Service Delivery and Empowerment Edited by Anil B. Deolalikar, University of California, Riverside, US, Shikha Jha and Pilipinas F. Quising, Asian Development Bank, Philippines
Governance in Developing Asia is one of the first books of its kind to provide an overview of the role that better governance and citizen empowerment can play in improving public service delivery in developing Asia. The World Development Report 2004 set a framework for public service delivery in terms of the short and long roads to accountability of service providers to citizens. More than a decade on, this important book revisits the issue and departs from the WDR framework, highlighting its shortcomings and offering alternative solutions. The contributors present fresh evidence on the relationship between governance and development outcomes, including growth and indicators of living standards. They argue that the Asia-Pacific region must do better in delivering essential public services if it wishes to continue improving the quality of life for millions of its people. They show how the quantity and quality of public services in a country can be improved if the government actively solicits citizen involvement in service delivery.
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78471 556 4
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Governance in Developing Asia is one of the first books of its kind to provide an overview of the role that better governance and citizen empowerment can play in improving public service delivery in developing Asia. The World Development Report 2004 set a framework for public service delivery in terms of the short and long roads to accountability of service providers to citizens. More than a decade on, this important book revisits the issue and departs from the WDR framework, highlighting its shortcomings and offering alternative solutions.

The contributors present fresh evidence on the relationship between governance and development outcomes, including growth and indicators of living standards. They argue that the Asia-Pacific region must do better in delivering essential public services if it wishes to continue improving the quality of life for millions of its people. They show how the quantity and quality of public services in a country can be improved if the government actively solicits citizen involvement in service delivery.

Researchers and students of public policy and Asian studies will find this to be a useful read. Public policymakers and practitioners in government and non-government agencies will draw important lessons from the issues raised and solutions proposed in this book.
‘Governance is central to mass prosperity since it affects both the prospects for enhanced and sustained income growth as well as non-income indicators of human development. This volume, edited by Anil Deolalikar, Shikha Jha and Pilipinas Quising, puts together cogent and well-rounded analyses by leading scholars on this topic and hence provides an in-depth and prescient perspective on governance in the Asia-Pacific countries. As such, this is an invaluable contribution and will be welcomed by academics and students as well as policymakers.’
– Raghbendra Jha, Australian National University

‘This is an outstanding set of essays on the state of, and changes in, public services in developing Asia, paying particular attention to evidence and lessons and examining the role that governance and citizen empowerment can play in improving public service delivery. The themes cover the complex relationship between governance and economic development; the delivery of public services as the face of governance; and the role of empowerment in improving the delivery of public services. Each chapter, written by an acknowledged expert, offers an insightful review of the debates and evidence, and a meticulous distillation of policy implications. A tour de force that will be indispensable for both policymakers and scholars in this field.’
– Raghav Gaiha, University of Delhi, India
Contributors: Y. Aiyar, B. Babajanian, S. Bhatnagar, G. Brosio, J.J. Capuno, J. de Ree, A.B. Deolalikar, X. Han, S. Jha, H.A. Khan, M. Pradhan, M.G. Quibria, P.F. Quising, K. Sen, M. Walton, Z. Zhuang


Contents:

1. Overview
Anil B. Deolalikar and Shikha Jha

PART I GOOD GOVERNANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
2. Governance and Developing Asia: Concepts, Measurements, Determinants and a Paradox
M.G. Quibria

3. Do Governance Indicators Explain Growth Performance: A Cross-Country Analysis
Xuehui Han, Haider A. Khan and Juzhong Zhuang

4. Governance and Development Outcomes in Asia
Kunal Sen

5. Corruption in Asia and the Pacific: A Manifestation of Weak Governance
Shikha Jha and Pilipinas F. Quising

PART II SERVICE DELIVERY AS THE FACE OF GOVERNANCE
6. The State of Public Services in Developing Asia
Anil B. Deolalikar and Shikha Jha

7. Harnessing Public-private Service Delivery Arrangements in Developing Asia
Joseph J. Capuno

8. Improving Service Provision through Decentralization
Giorgio Brosio

9. Improving Education Services: District Governance and Student Learning in Indonesia
Menno Pradhan and Joppe de Ree

PART III ROLE OF EMPOWERMENT IN IMPROVING PUBLIC SERVICES
10. Citizen Empowerment in Service Delivery
Babken Babajanian

11. Rights, Accountability and Citizenship: India’s Emerging Welfare State
Yamini Aiyar and Michael Walton

12. Using ICT to Improve Governance and Service Delivery to the Poor
Subhash Bhatnagar

13. Conclusion
Anil B. Deolalikar and Shikha Jha

Index