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The mimicry of the state as a state practice : the regulation of rickshaw licenses in Dhaka (Bangladesh)

Bert Suykens (UGent)
(2018) CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES. 50(3). p.422-441
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Around half a million cycle rickshaws are currently active in Dhaka, Bangladesh. With only 86,000 official licenses available, different types of organizations supply licenses to most rickshaw drivers. These non-official licenses mimic the language of the state. This article argues that while these licenses appear as part of nonstate, hybrid, or twilight institutions, they in fact constitute a state practice. Based on approximately 200 semi-structured interviews at six locations in Dhaka and offering a conceptualization of the Bangladesh state as a party-state, the article shows that the operation of non-official rickshaw licenses and the mimicry entailed is an inherent part of party-state governance, one which is not morally neutral. While most respondents saw the everyday benefits of non-official licenses in the absence of sufficient official ones, the latter remained the most prized and, if made available, respondents agreed that the former would become redundant.
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Rickshaw, language of the state, governance, partystate, Bangladesh

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MLA
Suykens, Bert. “The Mimicry of the State as a State Practice : The Regulation of Rickshaw Licenses in Dhaka (Bangladesh).” CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES, vol. 50, no. 3, Informa UK Limited, 2018, pp. 422–41, doi:10.1080/14672715.2018.1491319.
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Suykens, B. (2018). The mimicry of the state as a state practice : the regulation of rickshaw licenses in Dhaka (Bangladesh). CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES, 50(3), 422–441. https://doi.org/10.1080/14672715.2018.1491319
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Suykens, Bert. 2018. “The Mimicry of the State as a State Practice : The Regulation of Rickshaw Licenses in Dhaka (Bangladesh).” CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES 50 (3): 422–41. https://doi.org/10.1080/14672715.2018.1491319.
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Suykens, Bert. 2018. “The Mimicry of the State as a State Practice : The Regulation of Rickshaw Licenses in Dhaka (Bangladesh).” CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES 50 (3): 422–441. doi:10.1080/14672715.2018.1491319.
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Suykens B. The mimicry of the state as a state practice : the regulation of rickshaw licenses in Dhaka (Bangladesh). CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES. 2018;50(3):422–41.
IEEE
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B. Suykens, “The mimicry of the state as a state practice : the regulation of rickshaw licenses in Dhaka (Bangladesh),” CRITICAL ASIAN STUDIES, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 422–441, 2018.
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  language     = {{eng}},
  number       = {{3}},
  pages        = {{422--441}},
  publisher    = {{Informa UK Limited}},
  title        = {{The mimicry of the state as a state practice : the regulation of rickshaw licenses in Dhaka (Bangladesh)}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14672715.2018.1491319}},
  volume       = {{50}},
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