The deep marketisation of development in Bangladesh

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1639-1654
Journal / PublicationThird World Quarterly
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


This article introduces the concept of ‘deep marketisation’ as a relatively new, contemporary phase of neoliberal development policy in Bangladesh. By looking into the development strategy of the country’s energy sector, the article shows how an emphasis on marketisation through public-private partnerships (PPPs) and other strategies advances a market fundamentalist agenda to strengthen the private sector and establish a world market. By drawing on interviews with development practitioners from various development organisations in Bangladesh, the article further reveals how development conceptualisations are shaped by the strategy of deep marketisation, leading to the impoverishment of development by constraining its field of actions to measures based on the primacy of economic growth and private sector-led economic development, at the same time leading to a re-legitimisation of flawed neoliberal development policies that result in further inequality, poverty and environmental degradation.

Research Area(s)

  • investment flows, IPE, Neoliberalisation, poverty and inequality, South Asia