Synopses & Reviews
Economists and scholars of public policy examine the role thatgovernance and citizen empowerment can play in improving public service delivery in developing Asia. Assessing the state of publicservices in these countries, they evaluate the challenges that policy makers and frontline providers face. They argue the budgetarychallenges facing most governments preclude any major increase in funding, so if public service is to improve, it must do so by other means.Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
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.