This book is a collection of eleven critical essays covering some of the implications of neoliberal development in Bangladesh. One of the major themes of this book is how the paradigm of neoliberalism, with its sole focus on the free market, has transformed the very nature of the state. For the neoliberal states, the market is both the ends and means of social well-being. While this ‘market-directed’ development approach can ensure certain levels of economic growth, it also brings out the degrading quality of life, ecology, and political governance. Bangladesh's experience with neoliberal development is an important case study because the country has already been recognized as a 'development paradox'. While some hail the development spree and bask in the glory of a fast-growing economy, critics of the traditional economic growth-oriented model of development point their fingers at the downsides of the same economy.
Mohammad Tanzimuddin Khan, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka. His research publications have appeared in peer-reviewed national and international journals and edited volumes. Mr. Khan was awarded Chevening and UNE Strategic Scholarships for doing his MA and Ph.D degrees and, UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Fellowship (2008-2009). His teaching and research interests include international political economy, political ecology, and development, democracy & governance.