Bangladesh: Politics, Economy and Civil Society

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 7, 2011 - Business & Economics
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.


1 Introduction
2 A State in the Making
3 Towards Bangladesh
4 State Politics and Institutions
5 Nongovernmental Actors and Civil Society
6 Economic Development and Transformation
7 Population Natural Resources and Environment
8 Conclusion
Glossary of Bengali Terms

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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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