Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 31, 2011 - Business & Economics
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Since its hard-won independence from Pakistan, Bangladesh has been ravaged by economic and environmental disasters. Only recently has the country begun to emerge as a fragile, but functioning, parliamentary democracy. The story of Bangladesh, told through the pages of this concise and readable book, is a truly remarkable one. By delving into its past, and through an analysis of the economic, political and social changes that have taken place over the last twenty years, the book explains how Bangladesh is becoming of increasing interest to the international community as a portal into some of the key issues of our age. In this way the book offers an important corrective to the view of Bangladesh as a failed state.
 

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Written elegantly. Very nice to read flowingly. The writers inquisitiveness goes very deep down into the complexities of this society. Very appreciable. Nice hard work.
Very often this writing is
caught by the propaganda machinaries of the "vernacular elites".
The writer, very cleverly, tries to establish a conception saying: 'some thinks' so and so... but omits what 'the others think' about that particular point. So working contradictions in reality are lost and the book goes on understating the point to ponder.
 

Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 A State in the Making
12
3 Towards Bangladesh
41
4 State Politics and Institutions
75
5 Nongovernmental Actors and Civil Society
109
6 Economic Development and Transformation
136
7 Population Natural Resources and Environment
167
8 Conclusion
197
Glossary of Bengali Terms
207
Bibliography
211
Index
225
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About the author (2011)

David Lewis is an anthropologist by training and has written and researched extensively on development issues, particularly with reference to South Asia. His primary geographical focus is Bangladesh, but he has also worked in Nepal, India and the Philippines. Books include Anthropology, Development and the Postmodern Challenge (with K. Gardner, 1996) and The Management of Non-Governmental Development Organizations (2001). He recently completed a life work history research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on the experiences and policy implications of activists and professionals who cross between the public sector and the non-governmental sectors. He is currently Professor of Social Policy and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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