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Governance and Governed

Multi-Country Perspectives on State, Society and Development

  • Madhushree Sekher
  • S. Parasuraman
  • Ruth Kattumuri


  • Looks critically at the status, models, and new challenges of governance across countries like India, China, South Africa, and Brazil

  • Provides insights into disputed topics regarding governance, from the perspective of state-society interrelationships and collaborative partnerships

  • Addresses key questions that have surfaced in the current discourse on ‘governance and the governed’


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

About the editors

Madhushree Sekher is a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Institutions, political economy of representation, governance, inclusive development and policy implementation are her core research interests. Her current research is on institutions for food security, inequalities and social welfare systems, and democratic representation in India. She has received a number of grants, including the Australian Research Council (Discovery) Grant. She is currently associated with an international research consortium to study ethnic power relations funded by the Swiss Development Council and the Swiss National Science Foundation. She was a visiting faculty at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)-Washington, the Universities of Hohenheim, Sydney and Alberta, and Cornell University, USA. The author of many research articles and books, she has a PhD in Political Science, and was the recipient of World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowship for post-doctoral research.

S. Parasuraman has been the director of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, since 2004, and has had a high-profile professional career spanning teaching, research and policy advocacy. He has four decades of experience as a teacher and researcher in Rural Development, Education, Health, Public Policy, Social Protection, Inclusive Development, Governance, Water and Energy. His current research interests include governance and accountability framework for social protection, understanding and addressing agrarian distress, collectives of women and farmers to strengthen livelihoods, capacity building of elected leaders, decentralised governance, corporate social responsibility, and youth for social and economic transformation. He has published extensively on development and disasters. He has held key positions in the World Bank, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Oxfam, Action Aid International and the UN. 

Ruth Kattumuri is the co-director of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics (LSE) and an associate at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in the UK. Kattumuri is involved in transdisciplinary research, advisory and policy engagement concerning sustainable growth, inclusion and development, focusing on human capital development and equal opportunities; water resource management and governance; adaptation and mitigation for climate change; technology and innovation. She was formerly a professor of Statistics and Computer Science, in Madras, India. She has a PhD from the LSE and is also a Cambridge Commonwealth Fellow.

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