Call for papers: Making Democratic Governance Work

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Concept Note
The proposed National Seminar in the department of Political  Science, Jamia Millia Islamia would focus on how democratic governance works and the need to reinvent public service delivery  systems in India. Political Science has focused largely on  democratic institutions      in recent years but far less on the  understanding of basic state capacity, the absence of which often  undermines democracy. Do democratic governance systems  comparatively work better to ensure improved public delivery  systems in the long run? Do public      powers in democracies necessarily match human welfare and better public outcomes?  These are serious questions that ought to be debated in the public  domain. Democracy and good governance are separate and distinct  phenomena, but worldwide empirical      evidence has proved that  regimes reflecting both dimensions are necessary to achieve many  aspects of human security. Is democratic governance good for economic prosperity translated into concrete citizen entitlements?

“Making democratic governance work:  Reinventing Public Service Delivery Systems in India” will focus  on good governance practices in India in the post globalized era  (1990’s and beyond) in different sectors (infrastructure, education,  health, urban civic services etc.)     initiated by either the Centre or  different states which have reformed or reinvented public service  delivery systems with visible and measurable impacts on lives of  citizens.
Call for Papers

The Seminar will invite scholars, development practitioners, NGO’s and administrators to document cases of public service delivery
reform across a range of sectors in different states of India. The criteria used to choose papers for presentation will be three fold.

                                                                                                                        Specific Themes
The conference shall deliberate on the following themes:
Theme I: Administrative reforms and political leadership :
Building political support for programme delivery.
Theme II: Infrastructure reform in key sectors: Case Studies
from Indian states
Theme III: Public sector enterprises : Fostering competition and
service autonomy.
Theme IV: Restructuring service delivery in social sector:
Reforms in educational access and quality.
Theme V: Improving health outcomes through access & equity:
Best practices
Theme VI: Improving urban civic services: Strengthening
accountability mechanisms
Theme VII: Simplifying process delivery through e-governance: Spreading networks
Theme VIII: Good governance and effective public service delivery: Proposals for civil service reform

Guidelines for Paper Presentation

Papers with a serious engagement on the above themes are invited from academics, research scholars, activists and practitioners of public administration. The abstracts of the papers. (not more than 500 words) should clearly reveal new concepts and in sights and reach the conference organizers by e-mail at [email protected] latest by 31st July, 2013. All the authors of abstracts should give brief C.V. and mail id. Only the authors of selected abstracts would be called for the presentation of their papers in the conference. The conference will solicit both theoretical and empirical research papers associated with conference themes. Authors of selected abstracts are advised to submit their papers electronically (MS Word). Registration Fees: Rs.500/- for university/college teachers and Rs.200/- for research scholars.

                                                                                                                      Important Dates
Submission of abstracts : 31st July, 2013
Acceptance of abstracts : 15th August, 2013
Submission of working papers : 30th September, 2013
Announcement of the final
seminar programme : 5th October, 2013
Selected papers presented at the conference will be published in an edited book in 2014.
                                                                                                                       Financial Support
All Participants will be given train fare. The organizers will bear expenses of local hospitality.

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