Local Government Budgetary Autonomy

Evidence from Bangladesh

by Mohammad Talukdar (Author)
©2022 Prompt XVIII, 162 Pages


The empirical research that has shaped this book was drawn from a combined literature stream comprising political psychology, applied economics, and public management issues such as decentralization, local government finance, local governance, and organization and budget theories.
The principal premise of this monograph is that a greater autonomy of the local state helps improve the effectiveness of decentralization and good local governance. Bearing in mind the broader challenge of problems with decentralization in Bangladesh, the main research concern here is the exploration of nature, cause, and consequences of a specific deep-rooted problem – the dimensions of influence and magnitude of autonomy in budgeting decisions of local government Union Councils in Bangladesh.
The study explores the de facto and de jure issues that affect the autonomy of local government Union Councils of Bangladesh in their budgeting decision-making process, leading to poor or good local governance. The study looks at how and to what extent the budgetary autonomy of local government Union Councils is affected. It also explores the impact of this autonomy on local governance.

Table Of Contents

  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • About the author
  • About the book
  • This eBook can be cited
  • Contents
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Overview
  • CHAPTER 1: Introduction
  • CHAPTER 2: Conceptual Framework
  • CHAPTER 3: Research Design
  • CHAPTER 4: Budgetary Autonomy of Local Government Union Councils
  • CHAPTER 5: Conclusion
  • Exhibits
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Series index

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Preface and Acknowledgements

The manuscript of this book is derived from a Ph.D. thesis submitted to the Graduate School of Public Administration (GSPA), National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok, Thailand.

Four research articles were developed based on the thesis, and all were published. The first one was ‘Autonomy in Budgeting Decisions of Local Government Union Councils: A Study of Bangladesh’, published in the Journal of Public Administration and Governance (Vol. 9, No. 2; 2019). The second one was ‘Local Government Budgeting in Bangladesh’, published by A. Farazmand (ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance (Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019). The third one was ‘Influencing Phenomena of Local Government Budgeting Decisions in Bangladesh’, published in International Journal of Law and Public Administration (Vol. 3, No. 1; 2020). The fourth one was ‘Examining implications of classical budget theories in the local government budgeting process: Union Councils in Bangladesh’, published in the Journal of Local Government Research and Innovation (Vol. 2, No. 1; 2020).

The empirical research framework of this book was developed based on a combination of the academic domains of political psychology, applied economics and public management, including some pressing issues such as decentralization, local government finance and local governance, as well as organization and budgeting theories. Considering the critical influencing phenomena, the thesis has explored the causal mechanism of influences, as well as how such processes work and shape the dominant implications on autonomy of Union Councils/Parishads (UPs) in their budgeting decisions, leading to an impact on local governance.


XVIII, 162
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2022 (March)
Bangladesh budgetary autonomy budget theory local government local governance Local Government Budgetary Autonomy Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Talukdar
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Wien, 2022. XVIII, 162 pp., 13 fig. b/w, 17 tables.

Biographical notes

Mohammad Talukdar (Author)

Mohammad Rafiqul Islam Talukdar holds a PhD in Leadership, Management, and Budgetary Autonomy of Local Government from the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Bangkok. Previously he received a Master’s Degree in Development Management focusing on Development and Strategic Management, Strategic HRM, and Leadership and Strategic Negotiation from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati City, Manila, in addition to his Dhaka University Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is a Professor of Leadership and Strategic Management at the Faculty of Business Administration, American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB), Dhaka 1229, Bangladesh. International Education Summit and Awards, 2020 Bangkok, selected the author as an Outstanding Trained Graduate Teacher for his significant contributions in teaching, research, and curriculum development. His research interest areas include political economy, anti-corruption, civic education, decentralization and governance, sustainable development, gender-responsive budgeting, performance management, strategic and change management, and leadership and entrepreneurship development. He has authored three books, four internationally published book chapters, twenty scholarly journal articles, two working papers, and 100 op-ed pieces. He undertook several assignments in Bangladesh, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.


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