Politics and Governance in Bangladesh: Uncertain Landscapes

Basu, I., Devine, J. and Wood, G. (ed.) 2018. Politics and Governance in Bangladesh: Uncertain Landscapes. London Routledge.

TitlePolitics and Governance in Bangladesh: Uncertain Landscapes
EditorsBasu, I., Devine, J. and Wood, G.

Since its Independence in 1971, Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in terms of reducing poverty levels, achieving high levels of economic growth over a sustained period of time, and meeting its Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets set by the United Nations. With some justification, Bangladesh is considered an international development success story, and the country appears to be well on track to meet its policy target of becoming a middle-income country by 2021, the same year the country will celebrate 50 years of Independence.

This book explores the central issue of Bangladeshi politics: the weakness of governance. The coexistence of a poor governance track record and a relatively strong socioeconomic performance makes Bangladesh an intriguing case which throws up exciting and relevant conceptual and policy challenges. Structured in four sections - Political Settlement, Elites and Deep Structures; Democracy, Citizenship and Values; Civil Society, Local Context and Political Change; Informality and Accountability – the book identifies and engages with these challenges. Chapters by experts in the field share a number of conceptual and epistemological principles and offer a combination of theoretical and empirical insights, and cover a good range of contemporary issues and debate.

Employing a structurally determinist perspective, this book explains politics and society in Bangladesh from a novel perspective. Academics in the field of governance and politics in developing countries, with a focus on South Asia and Bangladesh will welcome its publication.

KeywordsPolitical Sociology Governance Bangladesh
Publication dates
Published04 Sep 2017
Published in print2018
Place of publicationLondon
Web address (URL)https://www.routledge.com/Politics-and-Governance-in-Bangladesh-Uncertain-Landscapes/Basu-Devine-Wood/p/book/9781138707610

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