Abstract

Recent elections have reestablished 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 semiauthoritarian government that gave Islamist extremists a free reign in an otherwise moderate country and eventually prompted 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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 41-55
Launched on MUSE
2009-07-11
Open Access
No
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