1st Edition

Local Government in Bangladesh Contemporary Issues and Challenges

By Mohammad Tarikul Islam Copyright 2022
    220 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book traces the roots of local government in Bangladesh and examines the contemporary issues and challenges which have limited the role and effectiveness of the concerned institutions.

    With the help of rich empirical data, it looks at the problems at various levels of local government. The volume analyses the issues with community policing, dispute resolution, participation of women and the question of gender equality, food security, and disaster and environmental management in rural areas, among others. It also delves into the debates around social security for the poor in Bangladesh, the 2030 agenda and the implementation and localization of sustainable development goals. The author offers insights into the level of participation of the economically weak and marginalized in local and regional government bodies like the Union Parishad and the steps which can be taken to improve policies, services, and participation in local government.

    Detailed and comprehensive, this book will be useful for scholars and researchers of political science, public policy, public administration, development studies, governance, regional development, South Asian studies, and rural sociology, particularly those interested in Bangladesh.

    1.Local Government of Bangladesh: Evolution, Development and Approach 2. How does Local Government Struggle to turn into Democratic Bodies? 3. Local Government Committee System: In Quest of Answerable Upazila Parishad 4. Understanding the Effectiveness of Union Parishad Standing Committee 5. Health Security in Rural Bangladesh: How does Union Parishad Deliver? 6.State of Environmental Management in Rural Bangladesh 7. Human Security: A Paradigm Shift in Rural Development Discourse 8. Dispute Resolution in Rural Bangladesh: How Well is Village Court functioning? 9. Dispute Resolution and Local Government: A Comparative Perspective in the context of South Asia and Africa 10. Gender, Equality and Participation: Women Access to the Local Government 11. Community Policing: Need for Empowered Local Government 12. Local Government Bodies in Bangladesh are struggling to manage Disaster? 13. Cooperation or Interference: MP’s Role in Local Government 14. Food Security in Rural Bangladesh: How Union Parishad Provides? 15. Why Social Security Matters for Rural Community?


    Mohammad Tarikul Islam is an Associate Professor of Government and Politics at Jahangirnagar University in Bangladesh. Prior to joining University in 2014, he was serving United Nations Development Programme, Bangladesh for a period of seven years in different capacities. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and SOAS (University of London). He is also the Editor of Oxford Transitional Justice Research, Faculty of Law, Oxford.