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The state of governance in Bangladesh: The capture of state institutions

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posted on 21.11.2018, 00:00 by Quamrul Alam, Julian Teicher
The state of governance in Bangladesh has a chequered history. The country's battle for independence, and its history of military dictatorships and dysfunctional democracy, have brought challenges in terms of establishing a sound system of governance. The five pillars of public governance have posed formidable obstacles to establishing and reforming key institutions, refining processes and strategies of management and guiding the country towards a more efficient and effective system. Here we analyse the backgrounds of legislators elected to parliament in 1991, 1996 and 2001, legislative accountability, functional mechanisms, and the constraints of regulatory, administrative and economic institutions in order to examine how poor governance practices have created high levels of patronage in return for short-term political gains. We argue that state institutions have been captured by members of a powerful nexus who have developed a symbiotic relationship with the state, affecting its institutional capacity to reduce corruption, strengthen transparency and accountability, and allow the judiciary and public bureaucracy to work professionally. © 2012 South Asian Studies Association of Australia.

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Volume

35

Issue

4

Start Page

858

End Page

884

Number of Pages

27

eISSN

1479-0270

ISSN

0085-6401

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Additional Rights

© 2012 South Asian Studies Association of Australia

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Monash University

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

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