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Restoring sustainable governance in Bangladesh

Hossain, A. and Marinova, D. (2015) Restoring sustainable governance in Bangladesh. In: Ghosh, R.N. and Siddique, M.A.B., (eds.) Corruption, Good Governance and Economic Development. World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, pp. 101-122.

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Since the country's birth in 1971, Bangladesh has hardly experienced good (i.e., just) governance that could potentially allow for political stability and sustainable development. In fact, many commentators consider that challenges such as the rising degradation of natural resources, water crises, the widening gap between the rich and the poor, corruption, crimes and gender issues, are largely due to persisting malgovernance. The growing scale and mutual reinforcement of these conditions appear to have been pushing the country towards social, economic and environmental vulnerability.

Against this background, the paper explores ways to address the prevalent unsustainable situations focusing on the need for just governance within the cultural and human context of the country. It outlines the importance of nurturing and strengthening the cultural beliefs and traditions, including religiosity, patriotism, family and social bondage, self-reliance and traditional happiness that can help progress Bangladesh towards achieving a better governance in terms of socioeconomic and environmental justice. Depicting the inherent sustainability characteristics of Bangladesh, the paper argues that refurbishing of governance with competent, honest, responsible and patriotic politicians, civil servants, activists and other actors is of utter necessity for reversing the current trends in the country.

The chapter concludes that the cultural values of Bangladeshis, which were remarkable in the past, can help revitalize the country's governance for achieving a locally branded “sushashon”, i.e., good and just governance.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Sustainability
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing
Copyright: © 2015 by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd
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