Values in Governance
Edited By Scherto Gill and David Cadman
5. Governance with a Human Face
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5. Governance With a Human Face
KUL CHANDRA GAUTAM
Traditional concepts of governance emphasizing economy, efficiency, accountability, checks and balances, audit and inspection, transparency, measurable results and sustainable impact, have served humanity well. However, in a world wracked with the evils of greed and intolerance, hatred and mistrust, violence and vitriol, there is a need to invoke the power of love, compassion and solidarity as part of humane governance. Citing practical examples of how such positive primordial human values have been harnessed for the betterment of humanity, this chapter makes a case for a new paradigm of ‘governance with a human face’.
Governance is a process of managing the affairs of a state or an institution through rules, regulations, laws and norms that are negotiated and agreed upon by all key stakeholders. In a modern democracy, the rules of governance are normally formulated by people’s elected representatives, with the help of specialist civil servants, academics and other experts. Such approach to governance seeks to maximize the well-being of citizens, in a cost-effective, user-friendly and efficient manner.
Similar principles apply in the governance of public institutions, private companies, and community organizations that seek to maximize the benefits for their members, and often to society at large. Whenever it involves management of public resources, good governance practices emphasize economy, transparency, accountability, checks and balances, audit and inspection, measurable results and sustainable impact.
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