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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the public administration in India.


Six Superlative Sources

· Dwivedi, O.P., Jain, R.B., and Vajpeyi, K. (Eds.). Governing India. B.R. Publishing Corporation, 1998.

· Maheshwari, S. Indian Administration. Orient Longmans, 1984.

· Misra, B.B. Government and Bureaucracy in India, 1947-1976. Oxford University Press, 1986.

· Subramaniam, V. Classes and Elites in Afro-Asia: Colonial Legacy: Sir William Meyer Memorial Lecture. Ajanta Books International, 1994.

· Subramaniam, V. Social Background of India's Administrators. Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, 1971.

· Subramaniam, V. Transplanted Indo-British Administration. With a Foreword by Professor. W.H. Morris-Jones. Ashish Publishing House, 1977.

Other Excellent Sources

-- NOTE: As a part of the former British empire and as a large Commonwealth country, India's administration has influenced other Commonwealth countries; as a fast-developing, third-world democracy, it has influenced several Afro-Asian countries as a model; and as an ancient civilization, its administrative history has lessons for all students of public administration. The following excellent references are based on these considerations.


· Puri, B.N. History of Indian Administration. Vol. I. Ancient Period. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1968.

· Puri, B.N. History of Indian Administration. Vol. II. Medieval Period. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1975.

· Subramaniam, V. "The Administrative Legacy of Ancient India." International Journal of Public Administration. M. Dekker. Vol. 21, no.1.

· Misra, B.B. Administrative History of India, 1834-1947. Oxford University Press, 1970.


· Subramaniam, V. India's Regional Elites. Ajanta Books International, 1998.


· The Indian Journal of Public Administration. Published quarterly by the Indian Institute of Public Administration, this journal is a must for all detailed research. It is indexed from time to time and publishes special issues on important topics.

· The Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Political Studies. Published by the University of Leicester.

· The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs.

· The Third World Quarterly.

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