Exploring Indigenous Concepts of Public Administration: Learning for Leadership and Governance

Posted: 28 Nov 2015  

Ankur Joshi

Banasthali Vidyapith - Faculty of Management Studies; Management Development Institute

Puneet Bindlish

Management Development Institute

Pawan Verma

Management Development Institute

Priyanka Dutt

Banasthali Vidyapith

Date Written: October 15, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Joshi, Ankur and Bindlish, Puneet and Verma, Pawan and Dutt, Priyanka, Exploring Indigenous Concepts of Public Administration: Learning for Leadership and Governance (October 15, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2674972

Ankur Joshi (Contact Author)

Banasthali Vidyapith - Faculty of Management Studies ( email )

India

Management Development Institute ( email )

Mehrauli Road
Sukhrali
Gurgaon, Haryana 122001
India

Puneet Bindlish

Management Development Institute ( email )

Faculty Block, B3
P.O. Box 60, Sukhrali, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
Gurgaon, Haryana 122001
India

Pawan Verma

Management Development Institute ( email )

Faculty Block, B3
P.O. Box 60, Sukhrali, Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
Gurgaon, Haryana 122001
India

Priyanka Dutt

Banasthali Vidyapith ( email )

Newai
India

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