Inactivity of Parliamentarians in National Parliament of Bangladesh: Impacts on Parliamentary Democracy

Authors

  • Md. Al-Amin Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Barishal

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46291/ISPECIJSSHvol5iss1pp1-17

Keywords:

Inactivity, Parliament, Parliamentarians and Democracy

Abstract

There is a growing interest in the inactive role of parliamentarians in measuring the success of parliamentary democracy. In this research firstly, it explored the inactive role of the parliamentarians among the eighth, ninth and tenth parliament of Bangladesh national parliment, where it observed that the parliamentarians of both oppositions and the ruling party remained inactive in lawmaking to oversight functions. The main causes of this inactivity of the parliamentarians are apathy to discuss and debate in the parliament, seventy articles of the constitution, the dearth of knowledge of the parliamentary norms, and business politics nexus. The impacts of this inactivity of the parliamentarians are the declining of parliament, which is taking place by the executive and this inactivity serves as a barrier to the process of institutionalization of parliamentary democracy.

References

Bangladesh National Parliament (2007) Rules of Procedure of Parliament of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. (Sixteenth ed.).Dhaka: Parliament Secretariat, Bangladesh. Available at: http://www.parliament.gov.bd/index.php/en/parliamentary-business/procedure/rules-of-procedure-english. (Accessed : December 30, 2020)

Chowdhury, D. (2013) “Culture of Parliamentary Boycott in Bangladesh,” The Daily Star,[online] Available at: http://www.thedailystar.net/news/culture-of-parliament-boycott- in-bangladesh (April 7, 2013)

Huntington, S. P. (1965) ‘Political Development and Political Decay’, World Politics, 17(3), pp. 386–430. doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2009286.

Jahan, R. (1976) ‘Members of Parliament in Bangladesh’, Legislative Studies Quarterly, 1(3), pp. 355–370. doi: 10.2307/439502.

Jahan, R. and I. A. (2012a) The Parliament of Bangladesh: Representation and Accountability, CPD-CMI Working Paper 2. 1. Dhaka. doi: 10.1177/1391561415575125.

Jahan, R. and I. A. (2012b) The Parliament of Bangladesh: Representation and Accountability, Knowledge for global development and justice. Available at: https://www.cmi.no/publications/4422-the-parliament-of-bangladesh(Accessed: 12 September 2020).

Laundy, P. (1989) Parliaments in the Modern World. (First ed.). Vermont: Dartmouth Pub Co. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1596/978-1-4648-0327-7.

Obaidullah, A. T. M. (2019) Institutionalization of the Parliament in Bangladesh: A Study of Donor Intervention for Reorganization and Development.( First ed.). The Sovereignty of the Law. First. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-5317-7.

Rogers, R. and R. W. (2015) How Parliament Works. Seventh, How Parliament Works. Seventh. London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315730875.

Singh, M. P. (2015) ‘The Decline of the Indian Parliament’, India Review, 14(3), pp. 352–376. doi: 10.1080/14736489.2015.1066216.

The Government of the Peoples of Bangadesh (1972) The Constitution of the People ’ S Republic of Bangladesh. Dhaka: Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, The Peoples Republic of Bangladesh. Available at:http://bdlaws.minlaw.gov.bd/act-print-367.html.(Accessed: December 02, 2020)

TIB (2006) Parliament Watch: 8th Parliament, Sessions 15-19, 2005. Dhaka: Transparency International Bangladesh. Available at:https://www.ti-bangladesh.org/beta3/index.php/en/research-policy/169-nis/parliament-watch/4777-parliament-watch-2006. (Accessed : December 30, 2020)

TIB (2007) The Eighth Parliament in The Process of Institutionalization of Democracy. Dhaka: Transparency International Bangladesh. Available at: https://www.ti-bangladesh.org/beta3/index.php/en/research-policy/169-nis/parliament-watch/548-parliament-watch-2001-2006-february-2007. (Accessed : December 30, 2020)

TIB (2014) Parliamentary Watch: Ninth National Parliament, January 2009-November 2013. Dhaka: Transparency International Bangladesh. Available at: https://www.ti-bangladesh.org/beta3/index.php/en/research-policy/169-nis/parliament-watch/4113-executive-summary-on-parliament-watch-report-on-the-ninth-parliament-bangla. (Accessed : December 30, 2020)

TIB (2017) Parliament Watch: 10th Parliament (7th – 13th Session). Dhaka: Transperancy International Bangladesh(TIB). Available at: https://www.ti-bangladesh.org/beta3/index.php/en/highlights/5209-parliament-watch-10th-parliament-7th-13th-session-executive-summary-english. (Accessed : December 30, 2020)

TIB (2019) Parliament Watch: Tenth National Parliament, January 2014-October 2018. Dhaka: Transparency International Bangladesh. Available at: https://www.ti-bangladesh.org/beta3/images/2019/report/parliament-watch/PW_Full_Report_BN.pdf.(Accessed: January 02, 2020)

UKP (2020) House of Commons: Looking back on 2020, UK Parliament. Available at: https://www.parliament.uk/business/news/2020/december/review-commons-2020/.(Accessed: December 30, 2020)

Published

2021-02-02

How to Cite

Md. Al-Amin. (2021). Inactivity of Parliamentarians in National Parliament of Bangladesh: Impacts on Parliamentary Democracy. ISPEC International Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 5(1), 1-17. https://doi.org/10.46291/ISPECIJSSHvol5iss1pp1-17

Issue

Section

Articles