The incidence of poverty and poverty alleviation take on a special importance and play a bellwether role because they bring to light, more starkly than other phenomena, the challenge that we face. They also make apparent some flaws and limitations of democratic governance and public administration, in several parts of the globe. Despite the prevalent rhetoric, these unaddressed shortcomings, mostly in the form of strategies and policies in force become more starkly apparent in light of the deep crisis, which still afflicts the world.
The central theme, that runs through the book, explores the close relationship of poverty alleviation and sustainable development to democratic governance and the administrative state; the pivotal role, in effect, of a service-oriented public administration in building and sustaining vitality in democracy.
Outcomes of the study
The study aims to give substance and offer clear direction to government and governance of democratic states in terms of pressing challenges and vital societal needs.
The output of the study group will be a publication of a book on the above issue in three different parts. Part I will be thematic; Part II will bring together the regional perspectives from Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa among others. A more succinct third part will consist of summaries of chapters, in English, French and Spanish.