Welfare State Development in Developing Nations: The Relationship between Organised Labour and International Organisations


  • Md. Mahmudur Rahman Bhuiyan North South University




This article examines welfare state development and welfare programming in the least-developed nations using the frameworks of power resources theory and world society theory. Power resources theory emphasises the role of organised labour in social policy reforms and distributional decisions, while world society theory focuses on the role of international organisations in welfare programming in developing nations. Through a case study focusing on Bangladesh, this article examines the relative importance of labour movement and international organisations in shaping social welfare policies and programmes in developing nations. While the study finds both theories relevant and useful in the context of developing nations, it suggests that international organisations are less likely to compensate for a weak labour movement in promoting labour rights and policy reforms that are friendly to the working class in those nations.

Author Biography

Md. Mahmudur Rahman Bhuiyan, North South University

MD. MAHMUDUR RAHMAN BHUIYAN is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Sociology at North South University, Bangladesh. He teaches introductory political science and sociology, social research methods, comparative welfare states and political sociology. His research primarily examines the nature and trends of welfare state development in developing nations. He has published in journals such as the Journal of Health, Politics, Policy and Law, the Social Science Review and Canadian Ethnic Studies.