Governance and Governed

Multi-Country Perspectives on State, Society and Development

  • Madhushree Sekher
  • S. Parasuraman
  • Ruth Kattumuri

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. S. Parasuraman, Madhushree Sekher, Ruth Kattumuri
      Pages 3-14
    3. Madhushree Sekher, S. Parasuraman, Ruth Kattumuri
      Pages 15-24
  3. From Government to Governance

  4. Rethinking and Restructuring Governance

  5. Governance and Inclusion: Navigating the Roadblocks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 187-187
    2. Hema Bajaj
      Pages 189-205
    3. Pedro Novais, Carlos Vainer
      Pages 207-228
  6. Madhushree Sekher, S. Parasuraman, Ruth Kattumuri
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


Building, largely, on insights from India, and case studies in Brazil, China, and South Africa, this book provides insights into the contested topic of ‘governance and governed’ from a state–society inter-relationship perspective. It argues that the centrality of an understanding of state-governance today is rooted in concerns regarding diversities and contingencies of concrete political reality to address inequalities, exclusion and vulnerabilities. These countries are part of the BRICSs consortium, and have been recognised for their growth potential in the world economy. But their economic progress alone may not necessarily translate into a better quality of life. The approach here is not to focus on a particular understanding of governance, but to utilise a wider lens to understand the nature and extent of incremental processes in the different case-study contexts in order to offer a broader framework for procedural and substantive understanding of governance, rather than a prescription of a government and its activity of governing. The focus is on deriving practical lessons about governance process that are of interest to the wider development community.


Governance Governed Development State Society Diversities

Editors and affiliations

  • Madhushree Sekher
    • 1
  • S. Parasuraman
    • 2
  • Ruth Kattumuri
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive PoliciesTata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Director, Tata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia
  3. 3.India ObservatoryLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUnited Kingdom

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