Contrasting Political and Techno-Economic Perspectives on Energy Policies in Bangladesh

Md. Kamruzzaman, Samuel Cooper

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This paper assesses whether selected power sector policies in Bangladesh may have been subject to excessive political interference in contrast to rational and open decision-making approach. This is done by comparing techno-economic assessments with populist narratives on the merits and demerits of three specific policies. While the populist narrative is critical of all three policies, techno-economic assessments are less conclusive and some aspects are explained by the context in which the policy planning has occurred. The paper reflects on the differences between populist narrative and techno-economic assessment and suggests how an awareness of their differences may inform future planning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-218
Number of pages21
JournalInterdisciplinary Environmental Review
Issue number3/4
Early online date9 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018


  • Power sector policies
  • Populist narrative
  • Techno-economic
  • Quick Rental Power Plants
  • Policy making
  • Rampal Power Plant
  • Bangladesh


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