Saturday, December 18, 2021
Raihan Rahman Rafid, Parliaments during the Pandemic: A 'Dual State' Explanation of Bangladesh Jatya Sangsad, 18 Bangladesh J. L. (2020):
This article seeks to theorise the Parliament of Bangladesh (Jatiya Sangsad)’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the normative traits of global parliamentary responses to the public health emergency. It is argued that while the pandemic has contributed to the executive aggrandizement in established and unstable democracies alike, it has irreversibly marginalised the legislatures in countries with “pre-existing conditions” like democratic decay, elected authoritarianism etc. This article adopts the “Dual State” thesis expounded by Csaba Győry and Nyasha Weinberg in relation to Hungary and uses it as a theoretical lens to look through the Bangladesh Parliament’s performance during the pandemic. It concludes that Bangladesh’s total neglect of parliament as an institution of relevance during the pandemic is relatable to the Hungarian or Georgian style “Dual State” approach to the crisis and this might end up normalising a perpetual marginalisation of the Jatya Sangad as an institution of accountability.