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Politics and Corruption (University of Chittagong, Bangladesh)

This course has been offered to the 4th year B.S.S. Honours students in the department of Political Science at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh, since 2006. Developed by Professor Muhammad Yeahia Akhter, it looks at global and domestic trends in political corruption and their impact on development, with a special emphasis on Bangladesh.

Some sample topics and examples of recommended readings include:

Corruption: a comparative discussion  

The definition and nature of corruption and its links to development

-   A. Heidenheimer, ed., Political corruption: readings in comparative analysis, (New Jersey: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970)

Corruption in administration

Politicisation and militarisation of administration

-   L. V. Carino et al., Bureaucratic corruption in Asia: causes, consequences, and controls (Quezon City: JMC Press, 1986).

-   A. S. Huque et al., “Militarisation and opposition in Bangladesh: parliamentary approval and public reaction”, The Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, 241:2, 1989.

Electoral corruption: democracy and elections

Varieties of electoral corruption

-   M. Y. Akhter, Electoral corruption in Bangladesh (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2001).

-   N. D. Palmer, Elections and political developments: the South Asian experience (Durham: Duke University Press, 1975).

Corruption and major elections in Bangladesh

Elections under civilian governments, under military governments and under caretaker governments

-   M. Y. Akhter, Peculiar government and exceptional election (in Bengali) (Dhaka: A H Development Publishing House, 2009).

-   H. Zafarullah et al., “Caretaker administrations and democratic elections in Bangladesh”, Government and Opposition, 35:3, 2000.

Recent trends of political corruption in Bangladesh

Violence in politics, politics of terrorism and murder

-   M. Y. Akhter, Search for the nature of corruption: Bangladesh (in Bengali), (Dhaka: Nibedan Publications, 1991).


14 Nov 2013



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