Introduction to the book
The underlying notion by political theorists, social commentators, and even politicians is that public participation increase public trust in authorities, improving citizen political efficacy, enhancing democratic ideals and even improving the quality of policy decisions. Governance is integral to any form of government that has been conceived and practiced in the world since the dawn of civilization. It is common to democracy, monarchy, autocracy and dictatorship. But it differs from one form of government to another in terms of its goal and objective.Public sector here in Bangladesh is struggling over the decades to meet the demand of its citizens, ineffective public services, and unfavorable environment for the proper growth of private sector, leadership crisis, lack of transparency and accountability in administration, ineffective political institutions and so on.Bangladesh stands as a tolerant society; recent untoward incidents have raised a concern.Bangladesh is also home to an aspirational middle class that would like to reap the dividends of a better relationship with the South Asian countries.The country’s success in establishing a strong economic development is partly due to its ability to successfully navigate the difficult geopolitical and geopolitical situation in South Asia by building good relations with its neighbors.
Bashir Ahmed is the Professor, Department of Government and Politics, Jahangirnagar University, actively engaged in teaching and research for the last 24 years. His research areas include Governance, Corruption and Parliamentary effectiveness already have attained scholarly contribution in the respective fields. In addition to his academic career in teaching he has been extensively involved in leading few projects on parliamentary studies, impact assessment, anti-corruption commission and capacity building of government institutions. Professor Ahmed was affiliated to South Asia Institute,University of Heidelberg and the Centre for Conflict Studies, USA as Visiting Scholar . He has number of publications on Governance, Democracy, Corruption and development to his credit. Prof. Ahmed is the former Dean of the Faculty of Law at Jahangirnagar University. He studied at the University of Lund, Sweden and University of Heidelberg, Germany respectively. Prof. Ahmed’s analytical annotation on emerging issues regularly appears in the Financial Express, the Daily Independent and South Asia Monitor (English dailies of Bangladesh and India).