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By N A

ISBN-10: 1846639964

ISBN-13: 9781846639968

Asian nations are hugely diversified by way of their wealth, tradition, and old event. but, in numerous methods, they're operating not easy to enhance public region governance in parts comparable to democratic responsibility, openness, transparency, integrity, executive belief, excessive functionality criteria and fighting corruption. The chapters during this ebook research and examine the reviews of Asian international locations in engaging in governance reforms. a few of the questions tackled during this identify are: how universal reform programs designed for built nations are carried out in constructing nations? What occurs within the reform diffusion approach? What are the stumbling blocks to reform good fortune? the range of the Asian sector is easily mirrored in those chapters, masking more than a few subject matters, theories, methodologies, and findings. The ebook could be of curiosity to either teachers and practitioners studying and dealing with public coverage within the area.

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Given that Hong Kong cannot send thousands of inspectors to investigate every farm or food-processing factory, the government relies heavily on the AQSIQ bureaucracy. The ministry in Beijing, however, may not know what is going on at local level. During the malachite green scandal, the government pushed the AQSIQ to set up a system of registered fish farms in China from which exports to Hong Kong would come. The authorities issued a list of such farms in short order, but Hong Kong journalists who tried to visit the farms found out that many did not exist.

Problems with mainland-sourced food are complex. First, moral hazard problems and information asymmetries characterize the AQSIQ bureaucratic set up. Given the high levels of corruption found in China generally, why should we believe that they are not also found in the licensing and inspection of farms and food processing plants? Indeed, Hong Kong food regulators admit that this may be a problem. As the permanent secretary said: ‘Of course there is no fool-proof system, we have to be content with it.

The resulting governance quality index is then used to rate countries as good, fair, or poor. Table 4 summarizes the results for selected Asian countries. 1 An analysis of data from 175 countries confirmed that government effectiveness contributed to higher national income. Good governance is an important vehicle for guaranteeing that a state’s political and economic activities benefit the whole of society and not just a small group of individuals. In the absence of good governance practices, a lack of transparency in state affairs and opportunities to engage in corruption flourish.

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