In 1998 Prof. Fanie Cloete undertook a research visit of South East Asia to analyse and assess the capacity of certain selected states to develop and maintain sustainable public services delivery systems in their respective territories. This book summarises the research findings through author observations, interviews and literature relating to the experiences of Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia in this respect.
The book first examines the state of theoretical and empirical data on good governance, service delivery and sustainable capacity building. Prof. Cloete then summarises the condition of the public services delivery in each of the five countries briefly, documents interviews with key decision makers in the field and analyses the available research literature.
The book concludes with the formulation of a refined, holistic model of strategic governance on the basis of the research findings. Appropriate use of this model has the potential to maximise sustainable public services delivery generally in developing countries.
2. Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives
3. Singapore: Lion among Tigers
4. Malaysia: Substance or Only Style?
5. Thailand: Buddhist Capitalism Style?
6. The Philippines: Still Seriously Ill
7. Indonesia: Quagmire of Exploitation
8. Lessons from South East Asia
Prof. Fanie Cloete holds inter alia an LLB degree from the Rand Afrikaans University and a D Phil degree in Political Science from the University of Stellenbosch. Before his current position as Professor in the Department of Public Governance at the University of Johannesburg, he was a Senior Research fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies, then at Wits in Johannesburg, and after that the Head of the Department of Development Studies at the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg. Prof. Cloete is a graded NRF researcher and has published more than 100 academic articles and other popular contributions.
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