Critical Perspectives on Public Systems Management in India reiterates the wisdom of constitutional values and not individual or clan values for sustainable public systems management. It highlights how the constitutional values are beautifully enshrined in ecological or natural principles.
The authors have analysed the constitutional values of about 15 countries of the world that provides valuable insights to the commonality of different constitutional values. Public systems management therefore needs to be based on universal values despite cultural differences of nations for global peace and justice; a perspective that so far was not developed within the body of literature on public administration.
Further, the book provides detailed case studies of two most exemplary and committed DMs and the district administration (a highly complex public system in India). The cases reveal that even with the best of men and women in public service, sustainability of public systems in India is far from realization under the rubrics of colonial, centralized, top-down, PM-CM-DM troika of public administration.
Finally, it provides a simple decentralized framework of public administration for sustainability (17 SDGs) of a district; a critical and common unit of administration and governance in India that is applicable in other countries across the world.
Title: Critical Perspectives on Public Systems Management in India: Through the Lens of District Administration
Authors: Amar KJR Nayak and Ram Kumar Kakani