भारतीय लोक प्रशासन संस्थान
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Building Capacity for Good Governance

Reforms In Governance: Six Decades Of Administrative Reforms (2009)

Prof. SUJATA SINGH

Indian Institute of Public Administration

2Reforms in Governance: Six Decades of Administrative Reforms*One of the major legacies of the British rule was the strong bureaucratic structures and personnel manning them. The initial reforms in the post-independence period thus focused on the structure as well as the bureaucracy, which was designed to serve as the vehicle for ushering in good governance. The ‘locus’, ‘where’ of the field was largely the government bureaucracy. The focus of this paper is on Administrative Reforms.

Itanalyses Six Decades of Administrative Reforms and examines the recurring themes over the decades.Reforms and innovations in governance can be initiated at two levels – the philosophical and at the structural/systems levels. Reforms at these two levels aim to address structures, functions, delivery mechanism, values, attitudes and orientations.