The aim of this text is to analyze the conditions for a good society and, from extensive international research, to show how citizens can be put at the centre of the political process. This has enormous importance for future policy which the authors explore. With support from the Commonwealth Foundation, the book sets out to change the current political consensus and demonstrate the route forward to sustainable development.
Table of Contents
Introduction * The Good Society in a Global Context * Civil Society and Participatory Research * A Good Society * Friends and Enemies of a Good Society * Good Governance * What is to be Done? * Appendix 1: Harare Commonwealth Declaration * Appendix 2: Millbrook Commonwealth Action Programme on the Harare Declaration (1995) * Appendix 3: The Fancourt Commonwealth Declaration on Globalization and People-Centred Development (1999) * Notes * References * Index
Barry Knight is Secretary to Centris, an organization that pursues innovative social policy and practice, and advises various bodies towards civil society. Hope Chigudu is a gender specialist working with and advising various international bodies on organizational development and change. Rajesh Tandon is a leading authority on participatory research, civil society and democratic governance, and founder of the Society for Participatory Research in Asia, based in Delhi.
'An important contribution to a crucially important debate.' The Honourable Dame Silvia Cartwright PGNAM, DBE, Governor-General of New Zealand 'Interesting reading for anyone working in governance.' European Circular 'Ministers and their advisers, academic and social commentators - anyone who has the interests of democracy at heart - should read this book' The Honourable Dame Silvia Cartwright PGNAM, DBE, Governor-General of New Zealand.