Equal Employment Opportunity in the Public Service: Theory and Practice in Bangladesh

Noore Siddiquee, Mohammed Faroqi

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    Although EEO has considerable appeal and is often part of a nation's constitutional and legal framework the application of the principle appears to be far from satisfactory in most cases. Generally the gap between theory and practice of EEO is too wide-especially in developing countries where a range of factors influences the implementation of EEO. As a result, EEO has remained largely elusive in such contexts. This article seeks to contribute to the understanding of EEO in a developing country - Bangladesh-from theoretical and practical terms. Based on mainly secondary sources of information it shows that despite constitutional provisions and the presence of various rules and regulations to this effect, there are a variety of ways in which EEO principle is compromised and violated in the public service. It further shows that in recent times the administration of EEO has been frustrated and undermined further given the increasing trends of politicization of the public service and the high incidence of corruption and patronage in its management.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)451-462
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Public Administration
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010


    • Bangladesh
    • Equal employment opportunity
    • Politicization
    • Public service
    • The quota system


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