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Public Policy and Governance in Bangladesh

Forty Years of Experience, 1st Edition

Edited by Nizam Ahmed


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Good policies are an important prerequisite of good governance, and any effort to change one is likely to affect the other. In emerging democracies, such as Bangladesh, a redefinition of roles and responsibilities of different actors in the policy and governing process can be noticed.

This book identifies and analyses issues related to the making and implementation of public policies in Bangladesh over the last four decades (1972-2012). It explores the implications of the change that has taken place in policy and governance environment in Bangladesh. Focusing on several important sectoral and sub-sectoral polices, it examines the impact and limitations of the change.

Chapters are structured into four parts: Public Policy, Bureaucracy and Parliament; Cases of Public Policy; Women in Governance and Public Administration; Ethics, Innovations, and Public Service Delivery, and the book is a valuable resource for researchers in the field of development studies, public policy and South Asian politics.

Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction

1. Introduction Nizam Ahmed

Part Two: Governance, Public Policy and Parliament

2. The ‘holy grail’ of governance: Drivers, challenges and opportunities for developing countries Ahmed Shafiqul Huque

3. Bureaucratic capacity and the quality of government Haroon Khan

4. Public management in developing countries: Towards a new synthesis Habib Zafarullah and Abu Elias Sarker

5. Parliament and public legislation in Bangladesh Nizam Ahmed

Part Three: Cases of Public Policy

6. Agenda shaping and accountability in public policies: An analysis of the food policy of Bangladesh Ferdous Jahan and Asif Mohammad Shahan

7. Ambitious plans, cautious implementation: Why has Bangladesh followed such half-hearted privatization policy? Mobasser Monem and Amir M Nasrullah

8. External inducement, internal support: Explaining the health-sector policy gains in Bangladesh Ferdous Arfina Osman

9. Revisiting national forest policies in Bangladesh Niaz Ahmed Khan

Part Four: Women in Governance and Public Administration

10. Gender quotas and women’s representation in parliament: Lessons from Bangladesh Nusrat Jahan Chowdhury

11. Openings and resistances: Women in Bangladesh civil service Maheen Sultan and Ferdous Jahan

12. Women’s participation in politics at the local level in Bangladesh: A perspective from good governance Pranab Kumar Pandey

Part Five: Ethics, Innovation, and Public Service Delivery 13. Building an effective ethics infrastructure in the public service of Bangladesh

13. Building an effective ethics infrastructure in the public service of Bangladesh Sonia Haq

14. Road to e-governance and public service delivery in Bangladesh: How long is the journey? Ferdous Arfina Osman

15. Citizen’s charter and public service delivery in Bangladesh Farhana Razzaque

16. Governance of NGOs in Bangladesh: Control mechanisms and their limitations Noore Alam Siddiquee and Md. Gofran Faroqi

About the Editor

Nizam Ahmed is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in South Asian Politics

This series is concerned with recent political developments in the region. It will have a range of different approaches and include both single authored monographs and edited volumes covering issues such as international relations, foreign intervention, security, democracy, political economy, ideology and public policy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General