This title was first published in 2002: This comprehensive account of the growth, decline and resurgence of parliament in Bangladesh examines the ’new’ parliament that have been elected in Bangladesh since the 1990s. It identifies key dimensions of their activities such as the nature of legizlation passed, the types of issues raised, the strategies that members have adopted to get things done, the techniques they have used to resolve conflicts and the measures they have taken to strengthen the parliament. Examining the role of the opposition MPs and government back benchers in the parliamentary process, Nizam Ahmed also provides an insightful guide to the factors that influence behaviour and analyzes their significance for democratic consolidation. Combining both theory and practice, this worthy contribution will prove its value as both an accessible reference and a revealing read to parliamentarians and parliamentary scholars alike.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; The development of parliament in Bangladesh; Toward a new beginning: parliament in the 1990s; Legislation; Parliamentary surveillance; Parliamentary committees; Constituency representation; Opposition politics; Government backbench politics; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Nizam Ahmed, Dr, Department of Public Administration, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. Professor Nizam Ahmed has taught Public Administration at the University of Chittagong since 1979. Before joining the University, he worked as a Research Fellow for six months at a national-level research organisation. Professor Ahmed is the co-editor of Parliaments in Asia (London, Frank Cass, 1999) and the author of Parliament and Public Spending in Bangladesh (Dhaka, Institute of Parliamentary Studies, 2001) (Forthcoming)
’A laudable endeavour to analyse the nature and working of the Parliament in Bangladesh by an author who has unrivalled reputation for his extensive and scholarly research publications on the Bangladesh legislature. Anyone interested to comprehend the legislature of an emerging democratic country like Bangladesh should be delighted to find this book an indispensable read...’ Professor Muhammad A. Hakim, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh