Governance at Crossroads: Insights from Bangladesh, strives to bridge the gap between assumptions of western theories and shortcomings of local practices. The book is an outcome of an International Conference on 40 Years of Bangladesh: Retrospect and Future Prospects held in Dhaka on 26-28 November, 2011. It was organised by the Insitute of Governance Studies (IGS) (Now BIGD), BRAC University, in collaboration with the Center for Development Studies (CDS), University of Bath, UK to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Independence of Bangladesh.
The Parliament is one of the least researched political institutions in the country. Unlike other parliaments which routinely compile and publish information on different types of activities of parliamentarians, the Bangladesh Parliament remains seriously deficient; it does not appear to be much aware of the practices followed in other parliaments. Nor does there exist many scholarly works on the working of Parliament in Bangladesh.
This book looks at the career of the Muslim League in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) from 15 August 1947, the day it assumed political power from the Raj, to the election of 8 March 1954, when it was massively defeated by a newly-formed United Front.
বইটি বাংলাদেশের রাজনীতির উপর ইংরেজিতে লেখকের রচিত ৬ষ্ঠ বই Bangladesh: A study of the Democratic regimes এর বঙ্গানুবাদ। বইটিতে ১৯৯১ সাল থেকে ২০০৬ সাল আবধি সংবিধান সংশোধন ও আইন সংস্কারের প্রসঙ্গসহ বিভিন্ন গুরুপ্তপূর্ন বিষয় আলোচিত হয়েছে যেগুলি বাংলাদেশের রাজনৈতিক প্রক্রিয়ায় উল্লেখযোগ্য প্রভাব ফেলেছে। ওই ঐতিহাসিক প্রক্রিয়াকে জানতে ও বুঝতে সাহায্য করার জন্য লেখক এখানে অত্যন্ত গভীর ও নির্ভুলভাবে রাজনৈতিক, অর্থনৈতিক বিকেন্দ্রীকরণ ও প্রশাসনের রাজনীতিকরণের বিষয়গুলো বিশেষভাবে তুলে ধরেছেন। তিনি দেখিয়েছেন, বেশ কিছু পরিবর্তন যেমন উপকারী তেমনি কিছু অত্যন্ত বিতর্কি
Bangladesh has witnessed a continuous regress in governance since her birth in 1971. The flouting of most norms of personnel administration has created Gresham’s Law Syndrome where the bad drives out the good.
This volume explores the experience of forty years of public administration in Bangladesh as a field of study as well as a practice. Although the latter predates the former, both have nevertheless declined over the decades. None appears to be much capable of keeping pace with developments taking place in its environment. Whatever changes have taken place in each area cannot be considered as ‘sufficient’ to deal with demands of time. The book examines the factors that account for the development and decline of public administration in Bangladesh.
The incidence of armed conflict in human society is as pervasive as the wish for peace is universal. The use of force, and the prevention of it, has preoccupied the minds of rulers and scholars since time immemorial, from Thucydides, Kautilya, Machiavelli, Mao Zedong, Hans Morganthau, and Henry Kissinger. So too some of the most charismatic and influential personalities in human history, from Buddha to Martin Luther King. This book is a timely contribution to a conflict prone current global environment.
The dominant role of bureaucracy in governance in Bangladesh is well-known. Bangladesh has been and continues to be an administrative state. The need for reforming bureaucracy was recognized even during the Pakistan times. However, all efforts to reform an entrenched bureaucracy failed to a large extent.
In the past decade, militant Hindu nationalism has emerged as a dominant political force in India, and it looks set to stay in the absence of a credible challenge from centrist and Left parties. The pursuit of an exclusivist agenda of ‘cultural nationalism’ (Hindutva) by the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Shiv Sena, and an assortment of other groups, that comprise the Sangh Parivar’, is seen as a threat to India’s pluralist traditions.
The focus in this book is on the important topic of poverty alleviation, in two relatively undeveloped areas in Asia, namely, West Bengal in India and in Bangladesh.