Exploring Indigenous Concepts of Public Administration: Learning for Leadership and Governance
Posted: 28 Nov 2015
Date Written: October 15, 2015
The discourses on public management majorly focus on the managerial approach in public sector organisation and employees. Public governance orientation is also focused on decentralized institutions. Both are about instilling competitiveness and an attempt towards displacing the rule bound and hierarchical concepts of public Administration. Kincheloe and Steinberg (2008) suggested in their study on indigenous research that scholarship needs to move from binary reductive categories. This implies the need to look the domain from a unified perspective. For instance, both centralization as well as decentralization is needed in any governance structure. There is need to identify the areas where decentralized approach can work; in which area strong leadership skills are desired; where the state cannot allow decentralization etc. To exploring these kinds of framework or concepts of co-existence of public administration and public management, the Arthshastra of Kautilya provides us deeper insights. The paper attempts to explore for such evidences from Kautilya Arthshaastra and concepts of Raj-Dharm Neeti from Mahabharat.
Keywords: Kautilya Arthshastra, Indigenous Research, Public Administration, Raj Dharm Neeti
JEL Classification: J18, D78, P16
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