The State of Governance in Bangladesh 2008: Confrontation, Competition, Accountability

The State of Governance in Bangladesh 2008 report is the product of an ongoing long-term research program on governance in Bangladesh initiated by the Institute in 2006. The 2008 Report focuses on the functioning of formal accountability mechanisms particularly prior to 1/11 and identifies how comprehensive accountability mechanisms can help ensure functional democracy in Bangladesh in the years to come. The report has analyzed the informal norms that affect the functioning of political parties, the bureaucracy, oversight institutions, the Parliament and the Judiciary, through both primary and secondary research, and solicited public opinion on governance issues through a nationwide survey. In addition to the overview chapter, the report has five chapters that present analyses and findings on political governance, oversight institutions, Parliamentary accountability, judicial oversight and public perceptions on the state of governance. Appropriate analytical frameworks and research methods were selected to fit the objective of each chapter and include an institutional analysis (political governance), a national quantitative perception survey, and qualitative studies and Institutions of Accountability (Parliamentary accountability). The report concludes that the establishment of accountability mechanisms is critical for the country to move from the existing ‘winner takes all’ culture to a new equilibrium based on checks and balances that will encourage both winners and losers to engage in rational negotiation.

Authors: Ahmed, Haydory Akbar; Akmeemana, Saku; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Chowdhury, Tamina M; Hasan, Munyema; Haque, Mohammad Ashraful; Islam, Mohammad Sirajul; Jahan, Ferdous; Jabin, Nuzhat; Karim, Shahnaz; Rahman, Mohammad Atique; Rashid, Md Harun-Or; Shahan, Asif Mohammad
Type: Report
Year: 2009