Poverty Reduction Strategy in Bangladesh: Re-Thinking Participation in Policy Making

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This book analyses government relationships with international financial institutions by evaluating the role of citizen participation when national poverty reduction policies are formulated in low-income countries. Based on in-depth research from Bangladesh, the concept of participation is investigated from the contrasting perspectives of theory and practice. The first part of the book explores the rhetoric of participation in development policies, while the second part presents empirical evidence of participation in the formulation of Bangladesh’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper where, at local level, development brokers play an important role. It argues that participatory policies are not enough, that an overhaul is needed in the approach to poverty reduction which will require strong political commitment.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherThe Policy Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Print)978-1447305699
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2014


  • Bangladesh
  • National Poverty
  • citizen participation
  • Development
  • poverty reduction


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