Setting the Scene

  • Pranab Kumar Panday


This chapter offers a discussion of the issues formation, the importance of the research, and the research methodology and data collection. The chapter argues that the issue of women’s political participation is a matter of great concern not only in Bangladesh but also in other countries of the world. Reform has an intrinsic relationship with the issue of women’s political participation since reform brings changes in the institutional design. Such institutional change is considered as one of the most important mechanisms to enhance women’s political participation in a society which is dominated by patriarchy. Basic principles of “path dependency” and “lesson drawing” suggest that, in order to facilitate successful future research, the history of previous researches must be considered first. From this perspective, the book has immense importance to those who are studying and working on the issue of women’s political participation. Accordingly, objectives of the research have been determined, research questions have been raised, and research methodology has been defined. This Chapter also outlines the expected contributions of the book and why it deserves consideration from all concerned about these issues.


Women’s participation in politics Local government Representation Reform Institutional reforms Institutional design Under-representation of women Bangladesh 


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  1. 1.Department of Public AdministrationUniversity of RajshahiRajshahiBangladesh

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