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Moral and Rational Dimensions of Good Governance


Siddhartha Mukerji

THE CORRUPTION CONUNDRUM AND OTHER PARADOXES AND DILEMMAS
By V. Raghunathan
Penguin, 2010, pp. 222, Rs. 450.00

RESTORING VALUES
Edited by E. Sreedharan and Bharat Wakhlu
Sage Publications, Delhi, 2010, pp. 204, Rs. 395.00

ENFORCING POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT
By Sankar Sen
Sage Publications, New Delhi, 2010, pp. 198, Rs.595.00

CONCISE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INDIAN POLITY AND GOVERNANCE
By Subhash C. Kashyap
Vision Books, New Delhi, 2010, pp. 435, Rs. 750.00

VOLUME XXXV NUMBER 7 july 2011

The idea of good governance has been a subject of central focus in contemporary research in political science. It is associated with delivery of quality services to the citizens to whom the government is accountable. However, as the government and its various agencies remain preoccupied with the aggrandizement of their power, status, and wealth the objective of serving the masses particularly the deprived sections of the society remains a distant goal. The common theme of the books under review is to locate various dimensions of governance in India and elsewhere. The book entitled Corruption Conundrum is one of the finest pieces of writing on philosophy and logic that could be beneficial for students, teachers and research scholars in almost all disciplines of natural sciences and social sciences. The book is reader-friendly as it substantiates the arguments by citing several real-life situations. It could also serve as an effective guide for professionals like engineers, medical practitioners, financial experts, lawyers, politicians and administrators to meet the challenges and dilemmas in their respective professions. The author locates different forms of paradoxes, dilemmas, and contradictions in social science disciplines particularly sociology, ethics, law, management, economics, psychology, and others. The first dilemma that is being raised is about the sameness of an object and it is being said that a particular object, substance or assets may be numerically or quantitatively the same but qualitatively different. This is truer about the human world where individual behaviour undergoes change every moment but numerically or quantita-tively remains same throughout life. In certain cases, particularly monetary matters like shares, debentures and bonds, the reverse may be true. In the sphere of law paradoxes and contradictions have been witnessed in several instances like blackmailing, self-referential statements, constitutional amendments, the question of omnipotence, and many others. Similarly, in the sphere of politics, voting is full of paradoxes. This is truer about multiparty democracies like India and Italy where attaining a clear mandate by a single political party is extremely difficult. Coalition governments thus become a norm in such democracies. The author witnesses a number of paradoxes right from the decision to cast a vote to the results of voting by applying mathematical principles of probability. The question of rationality has been questioned in a market situation. The debate between the rational choice advocates and behavioural economists to account for human actions in the spheres of business, finance and other commercial matters ...


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