Good governance has recently escalated in the developing countries. In fact, there is a close Relationship between governance and development. Governance is more difficult under conditions of low development. It comprises of mechanism, processes and institutions through which citizen and groups articulate their interests, exercise their Legal rights, meet their legal obligations and mediate their differences. It is epitomised by predictable, open and enlightened policies, Bureaucracy imbued with a Professional ethos, an executive norm of government accountable for its actions and a strong civil Society participating in public affairs and all working under the rule of law. Prominent features of good governance have been identified as being participatory in Nature consensual in orientation, accountable, transparent and responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive and the rule of law. The Human Rights perspective focuses on good governance in order to fulfill people’s basic rights and needs like food, health, sanitation and Education so that they can live with Justice and dignity.
The present book is a compilation of papers presented and discussed at a seminar held under the auspices of Shri Brajkishore Memorial Institute, Bihar Vidyapith, Patna, recently. Most of the papers deal with the crisis of governance in the state of Bihar in the light of indicators listed above. Under the new government which came to power more than two years back, the state has turned a new leaf in its march for development and is striving to accelerate it with better governance strategies.