Comparative Democratisation

The Trajectory of Pakistan and India's Divergent Democracies India and Pakistan are two neighboring countries with a shared colonial past and similar inherited state structures, however, the political progression in each country differs drastically. Maya Tudor’s book titled The Promise of Power explains this divergence through the development of dominant political parties before partition of

Comparative Democratisation 2018-12-21T13:43:55+00:00

BTI 2018 Pakistan Report

The Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index (BTI) 2018 combines text analysis and numerical assessments into three broad transformations: political, economic and governance. This blog will focus on Pakistan’s measures for political transformation and conduct a comparison with other countries. It should be noted that these interpretations are strictly derived from BTI analysis, and do not reflect

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Women in Bureaucracy

Is There a Need to Challenge the Status Quo? Representation of Women in Senior Leadership Positions in the Bureaucracy As countries try to achieve gender parity in various public and private spheres of life to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ensuring equal opportunity for women leadership in various political, economic and

Women in Bureaucracy 2018-12-21T13:51:57+00:00

Motivating Bureaucrats

Beyond the Paycheck: Motivating Bureaucrats At No Cost The present government’s 11-point reform agenda places a significant focus on improving public service delivery in basic sectors such as health and education. A central necessity for improving public service delivery is a high performing bureaucracy. Existing evidence on the subject establishes that incentive structures and monitoring

Motivating Bureaucrats 2018-12-16T13:37:26+00:00

Pakistan At 71

  Pakistan At 71 The first class in almost any introductory Development Economics course consists of a lecture on simple growth models which show that output increases with capital, but at a decreasing rate. As developing countries are lower on that curve relative to developed countries, their growth rates should be higher. However, that is

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Costly Business

  Costly Business A factor widely considered significant in determining how quickly an economy will grow is how conducive its environment is towards the establishment and growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). SMEs have been referred to as the backbone of developing countries for reasons as simple as their growth potential and job creation

Costly Business 2018-12-21T13:48:39+00:00

Technology in Elections

  Is technology alone the Panacea for Pakistan’s Voting Woes? The attempted rollout of the Results Transmission System (RTS) during the general elections has driven increased interest in the role technology plays in elections and the technical process of casting votes and vote tabulation. As the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) looks to introduce another

Technology in Elections 2018-12-21T13:49:48+00:00

Asset Growth and Tax

  With Asset Growth, Tax Payments by Poll Candidates Rise Sharply With asset growth, tax payments by poll candidates rise sharply Total taxes paid by candidates in the 2018 general elections increased by over 20% from 2016 to 2017. While this sizeable increase may come as no surprise to many given some recent reports on

Asset Growth and Tax 2018-12-21T13:50:02+00:00

Rethinking Textbooks

  Rethinking History Textbooks:  Approaches Towards Informed and Global Citizenship Summary History textbooks in Pakistan encapsulate state narratives of Pakistan’s creation and its place in the global order. This policy brief provides specific areas in which the content of History textbooks can be improved to foster active and informed citizenship. As the task of reconceptualising

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Voters of Gilgit-Baltistan?

  Why can't the people of Gilgit-Baltistan vote in the General Elections? As Pakistani voters excitedly shared pictures of their inked thumbs this July 25, a viral tweet provided a counterpoint to the narrative of equal voting rights. With a simple “GB can not vote” written in place of permanent ink, this image captured decades

Voters of Gilgit-Baltistan? 2018-12-21T13:52:16+00:00