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Impact of Political Protests: A case study on Bangladesh(2016_2_40_015)


Political protests in the form of strikes, locally known as hartals, remain quite common in the former Indian subcontinent countries. This form of protest is associated with a mass movement intended to cause a total shutdown of economic activities and closure of educational institutes, and it often results in coercion, violence, and damage to public and private property. Hartals have been instrumental in strengthening the democratic progress in the sub-continent during and after the anti-colonial struggles. However, even long after the end of the post-colonial period and restoration of democracy, hartals remain a prominent part of political culture in this part of the world. Along with Bangladesh, both India and Nepal still face a concerning number of hartals on a yearly basis, and their occurrence has risen sharply over the years (Rudolph and Rudolph 1987). In this study, by utilizing firm and household level surveys, as well as employing secondary sources of data, we plan to systematically study the impact of this form of political protest in Bangladesh.


April 2016 - March 2018

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Shonchoy Abu
[ Co-researcher ] Tsubota Kenmei
[ Co-researcher ] Kazi Iqbal (Research fellow, Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS))
[ Co-researcher ] Mohammad Mainul Hoque (Research Associate,
Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS))

  • IDE Research Bulletin
  • IDE Discussion Paper