Public Organization Review

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 465–486

Dissecting Public Sector Corruption in Bangladesh: Issues and Problems of Control

  • Habib Zafarullah
  • Noore Alam Siddiquee

DOI: 10.1023/A:1013740000213

Cite this article as:
Zafarullah, H. & Siddiquee, N.A. Public Organization Review (2001) 1: 465. doi:10.1023/A:1013740000213


The public sector in Bangladesh is ridden with corruption of various dimensions and shades. Apart from bribery, rent-seeking and misappropriation of funds, the performance of public organizations is adversely affected by a host of other factors like excessive lobbying, delays in service provision, pilferage and larceny, irresponsible conduct of officials, bureaucratic intemperance, patronage and clientelism. The several institutional mechanisms to combat administrative malfeasance are rendered ineffective by a non-committed political leadership, a blase"d bureaucracy, weak accountability structures, and unproductive legislative labors. The public body for controlling corruption is itself associated with all sorts of malpractices and conducts its affair most unprofessionally. Despite several attempts, the constitutionally authorized ombudsman is yet to find its place in the governance framework.

corruptionaccountabilitypublic sectorBangladesh

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Habib Zafarullah
    • 1
  • Noore Alam Siddiquee
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social ScienceUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceInternational Islamic University, MalaysiaKuala LumpurMalaysia