The State of Governance in Bangladesh 2012: Regions, Representation, Disparity

The State of Governance in Bangladesh 2012 (SOG 2012) report represents the Institute of Governance Studies’ evaluation of governance performance within some of the most crucial and challenging arenas of public service in Bangladesh. The ‘empiricism’ of SOG 2012 is mainly based on databases from the government ministries. Thus, the report is able to present a detailed picture of district-wise public services and compare it to the state of ‘representation’ of the electoral constituents (the districts) at the national democratic forum (the Parliament). The report presents findings and analyses such that they may appeal to the specialist working with education and health, and to the ‘generalist’ with a broader interest in the themes of politics, governance, and national development. The empirical findings of the report have verified that competitive and party politics does have an effect on public policy and expenditure. It did not specifically identify incumbency bias in the delivery of public health and education, but the fact that school and hospital governance surrounding ‘inputs’ affect outcomes in both education and health was established. The report concludes by recommending reform towards the means of achieving good governance, as opposed to clearly defined ends and urging further consideration of the policy and research community to explore the underlying causes for the good and bad performance of education and health governance in the districts.

Authors: Rahman, Ashikur; Chowdhury, Faiz Ahmed; Razzaque, Farhana; Fardosh, Jannatul; Rashid, Md Harun-Or; Zakaria, Sultan Mohammed; Aziz, Syeda Salina; Stanislawski, Jens; Mannan, Sadiat; Islam, Afrina; Asadullah, Niaz; Ahmed, Nasiruddin; Chowdhury, Saika Nudrat; Zaman, Nabila
Type: Report
Year: 2013