In the past decade, Bangladesh has achieved significant social and economic progress. Despite high population density, a limited natural-resource base, underdeveloped infrastructure, frequent natural disasters and political uncertainty, the country has recorded positive developments in terms of broad economic and social indicators. This Handbook presents a comprehensive and interdisciplinary resource on the politics, society and economy of Bangladesh today. Divided into six thematic sections, the Handbook focuses on relevant issues and trends on:
- History and the making of contemporary Bangladesh
- Politics and institutions
- Economy and development
- Energy and environment
- State, society and rights
- Security and external relations
Written by a team of international experts in the field, the chapters provide an accessible and up-to-date insight into contemporary Bangladesh. The Handbook will be of interest to students and academics of South Asian studies, as well as policymakers, journalists and others who wish to learn more about this increasingly important country.
About the Author:
Ali Riaz is Professor and Chair of Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University, Illinois, USA. Previously, he worked as a Broadcast Journalist at the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) in London. His most recent publications include How Did We Arrive Here? (2015) and Political Islam and Governance in Bangladesh (Routledge, 2010).
Mohammad Sajjadur Rahman is a Research Fellow at Centre for Alternatives, Dhaka, Bangladesh and a PhD student at Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. He has published a number of articles in scholarly journals and contributed chapters in edited volumes.