South Asian Perspectives
edited by Hasnat Abdul Hye
ISBN 984 05 1521 7 2000 566pp 215x136mm HB Tk.595.00 US$30.00
Governance in theory and practice has been the subject of intense discussion and indepth study both in the developed and developing countries for quite sometime. Though improvement in the quality of governance has been slow in coming, there is now a fair degree of agreement over the major issues involved and the reform measures called for. This anthology reflects these issues from the South Asian perspectives based on the experiences of the past and the imperatives of the present.
Review of the achievements and failures in various fields of human endeavours becomes specially urgent as well as poignant as humankind enters the new millennium. Governance being the most momentous and extensive enterprise of nations impacting on human welfare and development, claims serious attention of people from all walks of life. The policy prescriptions for good governance assign the task of implementation on all segments of society, formal and informal.
Hasnat Abdul Hye studied economics at Dhaka University, the University of Washington and the London School of Economics and Development Studies at Cambridge University. After teaching economics at Dhaka University he joined the civil service and served in various capacities including that of secretary to the Government of Bangladesh.
Hasnat Abdul Hye was a Fellow at the Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford (1989) and a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for South East Asian Studies, Kyoto University (1995).
His publications include: Local Level Planning in Bangladesh (1982), Agrarian Reform for Bangladesh (1982) Integrated Approaches to Rural Development (1983), Village Studies ed. (1985), Decentralisation, Local Government Institutions, Resources Mobilisation ed. (1985), Notes from Rural Bangladesh (1986) Integrated Rural Development Bangladesh (19 89), Integrated Rural Development: A review of major Issues (1991), Co-operatives -Comilla and after (1993), Below the Line: Rural Poverty in Bangladesh (1996).