Abstract

Abstract:

Bangladesh has experienced impressive socioeconomic development in recent decades even as its political system has taken an authoritarian turn. These contradictory economic and political trajectories constitute the “Bangladesh paradox.” Contrary to assumptions that the country was on track to becoming fully democratic, Bangladesh’s democratic “window” in the 1990s was followed by closure and the rise of a soft dictatorship. In the near term it seems likely that Bangladesh will continue to do well as far as development goes, with governance “good enough” to get the job done. Over the middle and longer term, however, things are likely to sour. The big question is whether the pressures that result will fuel a drive for a more open and competitive political system, or stiffen the authoritarianism that already has blanketed the country.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 138-150
Launched on MUSE
2020-10-08
Open Access
No
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