The study investigates the paradoxical role of political parties in the political development of Bangladesh, their positive contributions in mobilizing masses behind the nationalist and the pro-democracy movements, yet their failure to translate their democratic promises into actual practices after the restoration of electoral democracy in 1991. It provides a historical overview of the development of political parties since independence highlighting their growing organizational weakness and the emergence of undemocratic tendencies. The major features of four main electoral parties, the Bangladesh Awami League, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jatiya Party and the Jamaat-e-Islami, are analysed. The study explores in depth a key question: how far do the political parties practice democracy within their own organizations. Finally it suggests a few actions to strengthen the democratic processes and organizational capacities of political parties which can contribute towards democratic consolidation in Bangladesh.
Professor Rounaq Jahan’s book on political parties reviewed, published in The Daily Star on Monday, 13 July 2015. Political Parties in Bangladesh: Challenges of Democratization Author: Rounaq Jahan Dhaka: Prothoma Prokashan, 2015, pp. 212 Ahrar Ahmad Bangladesh abounds in paradoxes. It has confounded many developmental pundits by maintaining a fairly […]
Published in The Daily Star on Sunday, 5 April 2015. Political parties not democratised Agree leaders from three major parties at the launch of Rounaq Jahan’s new book ‘Political Parties in Bangladesh: Challenges of Democratization’ Challenges of Democratization’ Staff Correspondent Democracy is not practised within the political parties of Bangladesh […]
Democratic practices and participatory culture must be revived within the political parties in order to achieve transparent and stable democratic governance in Bangladesh. Good political leadership and democratised state institutions are of paramount importance to do away with the culture of confrontational politics, corruption and other malfunctions prevailing since the restoration […]