Electoral Violence: A Case of Bangladesh Local Government Elections

11 January 2023 → 10 November 2023
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Social sciences
    • Comparative politics
    • Development studies
    • Security, peace and conflict
    • Local and urban politics
    • Other political science not elsewhere classified
Violence Election Electoral Policy Patrimonialism Bangladesh Patronage
Project description
Elections in development countries are frequently violent and that affects the democratization and development process and deserving candidates are afraid of participating in the elections. This current study wants to contribute to the electoral violence scholarship by exploring how policy change, candidate selection, and patrimonial (patronage) system cause the violence in the local government election in Bangladesh. This research project seeks to examine and explore the relationships between these three factors of electoral violence and wants to fill a critical gap in the scholarship on ‘electoral violence’, which has previously almost exclusively paid attention to the electoral process, electoral engineering, conditions of elections under authoritarian rule, or violent political conflict.