People’s participation for good governance: a study of rural development programs in Bangladesh

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Waheduzzaman, Wahed ORCID: 0000-0002-5476-5610 (2010) People’s participation for good governance: a study of rural development programs in Bangladesh. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


International development agencies and developed countries are demanding participatory good governance in local government bodies in developing countries to maximise outcomes from development plan implementations. To comply with this demand, the Government of Bangladesh introduced decentralisation, reforms and deregulation measures to use local government bodies to implement most development programs in rural areas with the engagement of local people. However, many researchers argue that there is little scope for the people to be effectively engaged in the affairs of Bangladesh local government. One of the major reasons for this ineffectiveness is the barrier caused by government bureaucrats and politicians. Unfortunately, none of the research studies to date have revealed precisely how these localised political and bureaucratic arrangements create barriers to participation. Considering these circumstances, this study has been designed to investigate the specific circumstances at the local level and the barriers to the process of people’s participation in local government bodies. The research also seeks to find possible ways to increase people’s participation in development programs which can contribute to good governance. The nature of the research is, therefore, to track both the subjective (attitude of government and elected local government officials and local people), and objective factors (administrative and legal systems for people’s participation), which are causing barriers to participation.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Keywords local government, good governance, developing countries, people's participation, local communities, productivity, agricultural productivity, agriculture, sustainable development, economic development, rural development, agricultural development, rural development plans, rural development programs, Bangladesh
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