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The thirteenth amendment to the constitution of Bangladesh (1996): a critical assessment

Islam, Md. Aminul and Ebrahimi, Mansoureh and Yusoff, Kamaruzaman (2019) The thirteenth amendment to the constitution of Bangladesh (1996): a critical assessment. Asian Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities, 8 (2). pp. 45-55. ISSN 2186-8484

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A constitution provides major guideline for national governance and should hold compatible provisions for functional regularity, law and order. Due to societal changes over time, circumstances may give cause to amend a constitution such as the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Bangladesh (1996), which established provisions for a non-politically affiliated caretaker government for the specific purpose of ensuring free and fair elections. After successful implementations for three terms, a Fifteenth Amendment (2011) has since abolished the need for elections under a caretaker government. The present study ascertains the context in which the Thirteenth Amendment was rescinded and identifies causes for its abolition. The authors applied ‘Historical Institutionalism Approach Theory’ (Hall & Taylor) to analyze the Thirteenth Amendment’s functional role. This theory proposes three stages of Institutional history: prior issues giving cause for creation, historical factors and institutional structure. The present study addresses institutional structure with a qualitative approach to analysis that achieved our objectives. The study’s findings support reformation of the Thirteenth Amendment rather than abolition.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:constitution, caretaker government, parliamentary institution
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions:Islamic Civilisation
ID Code:97108
Deposited By: Yanti Mohd Shah
Deposited On:13 Sep 2022 16:13
Last Modified:13 Sep 2022 16:13

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