Democracy and Development: Diagnosing Poor Governance

  • Shahid Ahmed


South Asia, in sharp contrast to East and South-East Asia, suffers from abysmal governance. Many have speculated about this state of affairs and reasoned that this is primarily an outcrop of its history. It has to be remembered that the quality of governance is ultimately a manifestation of social and cultural norms. As South Asia has not been able to throw off its long feudal past, its governance shows all the signs of being a quasi-feudal society and culture in which notions of public service have been conspicuous by their absence. This is particularly visible in the delivery of public services in health and education, which remain hopelessly inadequate across the region.


Social Justice Communist Party Good Governance Effective Governance Public Choice Theory 
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© Shahid Ahmed 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shahid Ahmed
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  1. 1.United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the PacificBangkokThailand

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