Public Choice

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Does Access to Information Facilitate Empowerment of Citizens? Answer Lies Within - A Recent Example of Bangladesh

This particular paper investigates how access to information empowers people. Using the example of Union Information and Service Centre (UISC) the paper argues that better accessibility to information can have a major influence in empowering citizens in Bangladesh since there is a correlation between information access and empowerment. The paper also argues that access to information increases people’s ability to make their own choices, which validates Kabeer’s proposition on empowerment. Thus, it can be claimed that UISC can be a model to other developing countries, and similar findings can strengthen its application and generalization as an independent theory.

Challenges and Obstacles in Federalism and Democracy

This article briefly describes some of the challenges to the traditional fields of economy and political area: the public choice approach, the tragedy of the commons debate, the ‘new’ institutional economy, and behavioral challenges. Then, the components of a basic analytical framework are presented that provide a general means for analyzing public economies and diverse forms of collective action. Descriptive study related to public economies, common-pool resources, and behavioral change have summarized what has contributed to the field of institutions. The last section concludes that the macro foundations of institutions appear firmer than the micro foundations related to the model of the individual to be used and discusses this problem.
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