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Contemporary Pakistan Political Processes, Conflicts and Crises

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ISBN-10: 0761996834

ISBN-13: 9780761996835

Edition: 2003

Authors: Veena Kukreja

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Since its creation in 1947, Pakistan has undergone a turbulent process of nation building in the backdrop of inter-ethnic strife, social and economic strains, and influences of global and regional pressures. This book discusses the political processes in contemporary Pakistan with the aim to understand the crises the country is confronted with. The author provides insights into Pakistan's traumatic political history - one that exemplifies a long-drawn battle between authoritarianism and constitutionalism - and an enduring ideological conflict between Islamic nationalism, regionalism and elite pluralism. The author examines the importance of the militia in Pakistan and the role it plays as the final arbitrator in the country. The three coups of 1958, 1969 and 1977 have been taken into account while studying the strategies and tactics that the militia adopted for its survival, sustenance and legitimization. Especially relevant is the chapter that discusses at length General Pervez Musharraf's coming to power through the 1999 - coup highlighting his legitimacy tactics and the future prospects. The economy of Pakistan has been discussed in detail focussing on the current economic crisis, the feudal structure, high defence expenditure and burgeoning debt burden. In this relation comes the discussion on the parallel drug economy of the country with its triangular linkages and the nexus between politics, army, terrorism and narcotics. The author discusses Pakistan's precarious internal political balance which has been accentuated by an adverse regional environment. The hostile relations between Pakistan, India and Afghanistan have made the situation more complex. Even after 55 year's of its creation Pakistan has not been able to build a democratic polity. The nation has been battered by long spells of military rule and even longer periods of religious, ethnic and economic turmoil. The book is current and timely. The evolving situation in Pakistan after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and the role of the Pakistani military regime have been analyzed. The United States military offensive on Afghanistan and its impact on the society, polity and economy of Pakistan have been examined.
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Book details

List price: $54.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 348
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Veena Kukreja is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Delhi. Recipient of Gold Medal for securing first position in B.A. (Hons.), Delhi University, Kukreja received her M.A., M.Phil. (both first class) and Ph.D. from Delhi University. She specializes in International Relations, South Asia and Pakistan Studies. Her published works include: Military Intervention in Politics: A Case Study of Pakistan (New Delhi: NBO Publishers, 1985), Civil-Military Relations in South Asia: Pakistan, Bangladesh and India (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 1991), Contemporary Pakistan: Political Processes, Conflicts and Crises (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2003) and co-edited Pakistan: Democracy, Development and Security Issues (New Delhi: Sage Publications, 2005). She has published numerous research papers and articles in scholarly journals.

Struggle for Democracy
1947-1958 and 1971-1977
Military and Governance
Political Economy
Near the Brink of Collapse
Ethnic Divide
Aspirations and Political Power
The Rising Tide of Islamic Fundamentalism in Pakistan
The Menace of Narco Power
Parallel Government
Restoration of Democracy and Crisis of Governability
Persistent Praetorianism
Pakistan's Fourth Military Regime
Authoritarianism, Democracy and Development