The State of Governance Bangladesh 2014-2015: Institutions, Outcomes, Accountability

The State of Governance 2014-2015 is the 8th installation of BIGD’s flagship publication. It is a pioneering study in that, it is the first attempt to investigate governance performance using quantitative indicators across a wide range of sectors. A set of simply constructed quantitative indicators supplemented by qualitative assessments have been used to ‘gauge’ the governance performance of Bangladesh around three broad analytical categories, i.e., political, economic and social sectors. The report chooses to deploy indicators of governance performance which are outcome or output-based and do not consider the processes at work which produce the outcomes, with some exceptions. The indicators may not represent governance variables directly but rather may be inferred from them. Hence the claim in the report is not that the set of indicators bears a causal relationship with governance outcomes, but rather that they represent credible association with the underlying status of governance in each area being considered. The ‘bottom line’ of the current report is that Bangladesh’s performance in all three broad categories, vis, political, economic and social while being mixed’ does indicate major vulnerabilities.

Authors: Rahman, Ashikur; Razzaque, Farhana; Ahmed, Kazi Niaz; Rashid, Md Harun-Or; Mannan, Sadiat; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Uddin, Mohammed Misbah; Zillur, Kaneta
Type: Report
Year: 2015