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1st Edition

The Politics of the Misgoverned

ISBN 9780367348380
Published December 13, 2021 by Routledge India
186 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers a comprehensive analysis of the state of political institutions, the military establishment and political parties in Pakistan. It provides a nuanced understanding of the practices of disenfranchisement by theocratic governments in the country which has relegated the people to the margins of their society.

The volume provides an in-depth account of the political history of Pakistan focusing not only on national politics and foreign policy but also on their congruences with subnational systems of governance, the criminal justice system, bureaucracy, the electoral system and the police. It discusses challenging issues plaguing the country such as the continued dominance of the military, lagging economic development, lack of accountability within political institutions, sectarianism and terrorism. The author dissects and critically examines Pakistan’s hegemonic politics and underlines the need for a new social contract based on the principles of inclusiveness and equality.

The volume offers fresh perspectives on the multifaceted problems in Pakistan’s politics. It will be of great interest to policy practitioners and to academics and students of politics, law and governance, sociology, international relations, comparative politics, Pakistan studies and South Asia studies.

Table of Contents

List of Tables. Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction- Structure and Design 2. Pakistan’s Predicament 3. Rule of Law and Superior Judiciary: An Overview 4. Criminal Justice Administration System 5. Political Parties, Army and Politics 6. Local Government 7. Civil Society 8. Terrorism and the State Response 9. Socio-economic Scenario in Pakistan: A Story of Missed Opportunities 10. Conclusion: A Way Forward Appendices. Bibliography. Index

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Azhar Hassan Nadeem retired as Inspector General Police of Punjab, Pakistan, in 2008 and served as Member of the Punjab Public Service Commission from May 2008 to 2011. He has been delivering lectures from time to time in various universities and training institutions at home and abroad. He is currently serving as Senior Fellow at the Lahore School of Economics. He has a Masters of Economic and Social Studies from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of the Punjab in 1998. Apart from policing and administrative experience, he is an economist and a criminologist who has authored a number of books, including Pakistan: The Political Economy of Lawlessness (2002). His book titled The Punjab Police in a Comparative Perspective (1989) was awarded by the National Book Council of Pakistan and received the Allama Iqbal Award by the Government of Punjab.


"This book brilliantly examines the history of governance in Pakistan and focuses on the critical aspects of the country’s institutional growth. Its emphasis on the centrality of the criminal justice system & rule of law offers readers a very important perspective. The book provides the challenge of terrorism that Pakistan faced for many decades now as a test case of how state institutions responded to this ugly episode. His analysis and prescriptions for governance reform efforts in Pakistan offers much needed clarity and wisdom. 

Syed Azhar Hassan Nadeem’s incisive observations, rich experience as a public servant and intellectual approach make it a very valuable narrative. It builds on his earlier acclaimed works on law enforcement, politics and justice and is highly recommended as a text book."

 —Dr. Hassan Abbas, Distinguished Professor of International Relations at NESA, National Defense University, Washington, DC