Bangladesh’s Fresh Start

Issue Date July 2009
Volume 20
Issue 3
Page Numbers 41-55
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Recent elections have re-established procedural democracy in Bangladesh. An alliance led by the center-left Awami League defeated a nationalist-Islamist coalition by a landslide. Democratic consolidation will depend on the new government’s ability to deliver basic justice and security, which had deteriorated alarmingly since 2001 under a corrupt and semi-authoritarian government that gave Islamist extremists a free reign in an otherwise moderate country and prompted eventually a military takeover. Despite pressing economic needs, the government will now need to invest in rebuilding state and democratic institutions to reduce the lingering threats of extremism and authoritarianism.

About the Author

Jalal Alamgir is assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and has held research posts at Brown and Columbia universities and the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi. He is author of India’s Open-Economy Policy: Globalism, Rivalry, Continuity (2008).

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