Good Governance - Concept, Meaning and Features: A Detailed Study

23 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2009 Last revised: 29 Aug 2010

Date Written: December 26, 2009


In the vocabulary of public administration “good governance” is a recent entrant within a context. There are three ways of understanding this new development. One: It is an attempt to widen the scope of public administration by going beyond formal government. Two: It is an externally dictated term invented to prescribe aid-conditionality. Three: It is a genuinely democracy-intensifying concept- to make public administration more open, transparent and accountable. The present paper explores the different definitions of the term “good governance” given by various international organisations and an attempt has been made to explain in detail the meaning, elements and characteristics of good governance. It also sheds light on how good governance is linked to society and human rights.The links between good governance and human rights can be organized around four areas which are democratic institutions, service delivery, rule of law and anti-corruption.

Keywords: Good governance, World Bank, meaning, characteristics, definition, human rights and good governance, society and governance.

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Srivastava, Meetika, Good Governance - Concept, Meaning and Features: A Detailed Study (December 26, 2009). Available at SSRN: or

Meetika Srivastava (Contact Author)

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Millennial worx Hazratganj Lucknow
Lucknow, 226001

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