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National-level International IDEA democracy assessments have been conducted twice in the People's Republic of Bangladesh: in 2002 as part of a pilot study by a Bangladeshi research team from the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Dhaka University and in 2008 as part of the region-wide report State of Democracy in South Asia. The latter is the only regional report to date, and was produced with the cooperation of experts from India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh based at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India. The project explores whether a South Asian vision of democracy is available for reconstruction. The 2008 State of Democracy in South Asia project sought to locate democracy in a regional context to discover what South Asians think about democracy and how they have adapted its very idea. The project has contributed to the development of a network of scholars interested in an empirically grounded theory of democracy in South Asia.

The 2002 pilot study aimed to assess for the first time the level of democracy in a country subdued by years of violence, conflict, poverty and natural disasters. The 2008 study provided important lessons on how the framework can be applied in a new democracy. It showed that a number of notable democratic achievements can be made early in a period of transition and consolidation of democracy. The results of the study have been included in the State of Democracy report, which combines eight country assessments. The report demonstrates the adaptability of the State of Democracy Framework and its relevance in different country contexts.

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