Bangladesh: The crisis of the state

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Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelley
As 2006 draws to its close Bangladesh once more finds itself in the iron grip of a crisis of the state. Thirty-five years after its sanguinary inception the country is in the throes of a great convulsion. The turmoil is evidently political. The visible part of the trouble is literally the tip of the iceberg. Beneath it lies submerged the basic causes of the relentless unrest.

Why didn't alternative political forces emerge?

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Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelley
The demand for alternative political forces is generated when existing forces are perceived to be inadequately responsive to the needs of the society. Political parties manifest the various forces operating in a polity. In Bangladesh for nearly three decades two major

In the shadows of executive dominance

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Dr. Mizanur Rahman Shelley
The predominance of the executive is the mark of the politico-administrative system of Bangladesh. In many ways it is both the cause and the consequence of the crises of the State. The origins of the disproportionately strong executive are rooted in the history and pre-history of the newly emerged sovereign nation state and the region of which it is a part.