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Understanding and Addressing the Administrative Aspect of Pakistan's Civil-Military Imbalance

Ilhan Niaz (Author) RCSS Policy Studies

Pakistan’s Civil-Military equation has long been unstable with repeated interruptions of the constitutional and democratic order. This monograph examines Pakistan’s troubled record of civil-military relations from the perspective of history. It holds that Pakistan’s problems are not unique while emphasizing the importance of seeing the civil component of the equation in an administrative as well as political light. While much has been written about democratic consolidation and the role of political actors in the process, this monograph’s assessment is that the overall capacity of Pakistan’s civilian state apparatus needs to be improved in order for it to deliver. The lessons from this assessment are that unless Pakistan’s civil administration is rehabilitated and reformed, no long-term improvement in civilian capacity to perform and govern effectively will happen. Even if democratic governments complete their tenures in such a content, their overall lack of performance will delegitimize democratic institutions while enabling the military to retain effective control of all key decision-making structures. Unlike a traditional historical analysis, this monograph goes beyond dissection of the problem to prescription and charts a course for Pakistan that, while firmly rooted in the experience of continental bureaucratic states, might allow for the gradual and meaningful restoration of civilian ascendancy in the Pakistani polity.

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About the author

Ilhan Niaz

Ilhan Niaz is an Assistant Professor of History at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. His research specialization is the history of governance in South Asia and his teaching interests include historiography, world history, and Pakistan history. He is the author of An Inquiry into the Culture of Power of the Subcontinent (Alhamra, 2006), and has been published regularly in academic journals and newspapers. The Culture of Power and Governance of Pakistan is his second book and is based on his PhD dissertation on the same subject.

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Title Understanding and Addressing the Administrative Aspect of Pakistan's Civil-Military Imbalance
Author Ilhan Niaz
Format Softcover
Date published: 18.09.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789350980927
length 78p., 22cm.