Non-Party Caretaker Government in Bangladesh Experience and Prospect Nizam Ahmed ISBN 984 05 1720 1 2004 222pp 215x136mm HB Tk.350.00 US$23.00
Elections under caretaker governments are a common practice to be found in most parliamentary democracies of the world. Usually an outgoing government acts as the caretaker administration. But Bangladesh has deviated from this established democratic tradition. The Constitution now requires that a non-party caretaker government (NCG) run the routine administration of the country for a limited period of time – between the dissolution of parliament and the appointment of a prime minister after the constitution of a new parliament. The need to evolve this mechanism has become imperative to overcome the dysfunctional consequences of holding elections under party governments. It is intended to make elections free, fair and impartial. This book examines the extent to which the successive NCGs have been able to achieve what has been expected of them. It explores different dimensions of the activities of the NCGs including the dilemmas and challenges they have faced in carrying out their mandated tasks. The book argues that the NCG may be a necessary but not a sufficient condition to ensure optimal electoral outcome or to help consolidate the nascent democratic system. Some other reforms are necessary. It concludes that if the NCG does not provide a panacea, neither can it be considered a mirage. As long as party politicians do not agree to abide by the general rules of game, the system of holding elections under the NCG will remain the only viable option for Bangladesh.
Nizam Ahmed is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. He received Master of Social Science (Administration) degree from the University of Tasmania, Australia and Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Ahmed’s fields of interest are local government and intergovernmental relations, legislative studies and comparative administration. His writings have appeared in scholarly international journals. He is co-editor of Parliaments in Asia (Frank Cass, 1999) and author of The Parliament of Bangladesh (Ashgate, 2002).
The book titled Non-party Caretaker Government in Bangladesh is a well-researed work .it is fascinating to read.I congratulate the author , professor Nizam Ahmed, for making time to write the book.I also recommend those who are interested to study BD politics to read this important book.SALEH MD. SHAHRIAR, University of Chittagong,