Parliament, Public Engagement and Legislation in Bangladesh: a Case Study of Domestic Violence Act of 2010
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This paper examines the process of enactment of the domestic violence bill in Bangladesh. One of the distinctive features of the bill, passed in 2010, was that it originated in civil society and widespread public engagement characterised its enactment process. The paper explores the factors that encouraged different actors to agree to enact the law. There are, however, not many examples of parliament–CSO interaction in the legislative process. The paper identifies reasons that discourage engagement in other areas of public concern. Prominent among the reasons underlying weak public engagement in the legislative process are: monopoly of the government in the legislative process and its eagerness to pass laws in haste, dominance of part-timers in parliament, legal restriction on ‘independent’ voting in parliament, over-centralization of power in political parties and politicisation of CSOs.
CitationNizam Ahmed (2018) Parliament, public engagement and legislation in Bangladesh: a case study of Domestic Violence Act of 2010, The Journal of Legislative Studies, 24:4, 431-449, DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2018.1540116
Ahmed, Z. (2019), From Shape Shifting to Collusion in Violence: An Ethnography of Informal Relationships Between Bangladeshi Members of Parliament and Their Constituents. PoLAR, 42: 5-20. https://doi.org/10.1111/plar.12283
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