State Capability in India

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ISBN:

9780192856616

Publication date:

28/02/2022

Hardback

384 pages

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ISBN:

9780192856616

Publication date:

28/02/2022

Hardback

384 pages

T.V. Somanathan & Gulzar Natarajan

This book examines arguably the biggest development challenge faced by India - the deficient capacity of public systems to design effective policies and implement them.

 

Rights:  World Rights

T.V. Somanathan & Gulzar Natarajan

Description

The deficiencies in the capability of the state to design and implement effective policies are arguably the biggest development challenge facing developing countries like India. This book seeks to assess state capability in India, identify weaknesses in policy design and programme implementation, and their causes, and propose some measures to remedy them. Importantly, it does so while recognizing political economy constraints and focusing predominantly on the administrative contributors. To this extent, the book's suggestions are practical enough for adoption by stakeholders at different levels.

It describes the institutional design, constitutional provisions, the organizational structure, and the personnel of the Indian state. It covers a wide spectrum of aspects impacting state capability, ranging from ideological narratives and systemic constraints to procedural and personnel management issues to the behaviours and attitudes of individual bureaucrats. It offers a new analytical framework to think about effectiveness of state on the policy-making process. It also offers a nuanced perspective and suggestions on many of the popular themes in public administration - size of the state, generalist and specialist debates, lateral entry, digital monitoring systems in governance, outsourcing and private participation, use of consultants, risk aversion in bureaucracies, performance-based incentives, programme evaluations, and so on.

Finally, being participants and observers in the bureaucratic system, the authors describe reality without always seeking to locate it in the framework of existing academic literature, thereby offering fresh insights and enriching the discourse on state capability.

About the author:

T.V. Somanathan holds a Ph.D in Economics (Calcutta). He is a Chartered Accountant (England & Wales), Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute (London), FCMA (London), FCCA (London), ACS, and ACMA (India). He is also a part of the Executive Development Program at Harvard. Somanathan served in numerous leadership positions in the Indian government. He was a young professional, financial economist, manager at the World Bank, Washington in the 1990s. He returned to the world BanW (2011 - 2015) as Director. An author of several books and numerous papers on economics and public policy, he is currently India's Finance Secretary.

Gulzar Natarajan did his Bachelor in Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and later completed his Masters in Public Administration (International Development), MPA/ID, from Harvard Kennedy School. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1999 and has worked in various positions in the local, state, and central governments. From 2016-2020, he was Senior Managing Director leading the global portfolio of grant investments at the London-based social impact investment firm, Global Innovation Fund. He writes a top-rated blog on economics, finance, and public policy, Urbanomics, and is Secretary, Finance, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

T.V. Somanathan & Gulzar Natarajan

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 State Capability: A Conceptual Overview

Chapter 3 Constitutional Provisions and Structure of Governments

Chapter 4 Personnel of the Indian State

Chapter 5 Civil Service Effectiveness: An Assessment

Chapter 6 The Size of the Indian State

Chapter 7 Challenges in Policy Making

Chapter 8 Decision Paralysis

Chapter 9 Challenges in Execution

Chapter 10 Addressing Policy Making Challenges - I

Chapter 11 Addressing Policy Making Challenges - II: Overcoming Decision Paralysis

Chapter 12 Becoming Better Policy Makers - Behavioural Change

Chapter 13 Addressing Execution Challenges -I

Chapter 14 Addressing Execution Challenges - II: Personnel, Procurement, and Permits

Chapter 15 Addressing Execution Challenges - III

Chapter 16 A Practical Approach to Better Capabili

T.V. Somanathan & Gulzar Natarajan

T.V. Somanathan & Gulzar Natarajan

T.V. Somanathan & Gulzar Natarajan

Description

The deficiencies in the capability of the state to design and implement effective policies are arguably the biggest development challenge facing developing countries like India. This book seeks to assess state capability in India, identify weaknesses in policy design and programme implementation, and their causes, and propose some measures to remedy them. Importantly, it does so while recognizing political economy constraints and focusing predominantly on the administrative contributors. To this extent, the book's suggestions are practical enough for adoption by stakeholders at different levels.

It describes the institutional design, constitutional provisions, the organizational structure, and the personnel of the Indian state. It covers a wide spectrum of aspects impacting state capability, ranging from ideological narratives and systemic constraints to procedural and personnel management issues to the behaviours and attitudes of individual bureaucrats. It offers a new analytical framework to think about effectiveness of state on the policy-making process. It also offers a nuanced perspective and suggestions on many of the popular themes in public administration - size of the state, generalist and specialist debates, lateral entry, digital monitoring systems in governance, outsourcing and private participation, use of consultants, risk aversion in bureaucracies, performance-based incentives, programme evaluations, and so on.

Finally, being participants and observers in the bureaucratic system, the authors describe reality without always seeking to locate it in the framework of existing academic literature, thereby offering fresh insights and enriching the discourse on state capability.

About the author:

T.V. Somanathan holds a Ph.D in Economics (Calcutta). He is a Chartered Accountant (England & Wales), Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute (London), FCMA (London), FCCA (London), ACS, and ACMA (India). He is also a part of the Executive Development Program at Harvard. Somanathan served in numerous leadership positions in the Indian government. He was a young professional, financial economist, manager at the World Bank, Washington in the 1990s. He returned to the world BanW (2011 - 2015) as Director. An author of several books and numerous papers on economics and public policy, he is currently India's Finance Secretary.

Gulzar Natarajan did his Bachelor in Technology at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai and later completed his Masters in Public Administration (International Development), MPA/ID, from Harvard Kennedy School. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1999 and has worked in various positions in the local, state, and central governments. From 2016-2020, he was Senior Managing Director leading the global portfolio of grant investments at the London-based social impact investment firm, Global Innovation Fund. He writes a top-rated blog on economics, finance, and public policy, Urbanomics, and is Secretary, Finance, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 State Capability: A Conceptual Overview

Chapter 3 Constitutional Provisions and Structure of Governments

Chapter 4 Personnel of the Indian State

Chapter 5 Civil Service Effectiveness: An Assessment

Chapter 6 The Size of the Indian State

Chapter 7 Challenges in Policy Making

Chapter 8 Decision Paralysis

Chapter 9 Challenges in Execution

Chapter 10 Addressing Policy Making Challenges - I

Chapter 11 Addressing Policy Making Challenges - II: Overcoming Decision Paralysis

Chapter 12 Becoming Better Policy Makers - Behavioural Change

Chapter 13 Addressing Execution Challenges -I

Chapter 14 Addressing Execution Challenges - II: Personnel, Procurement, and Permits

Chapter 15 Addressing Execution Challenges - III

Chapter 16 A Practical Approach to Better Capabili

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