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Is Decentralization Good For Development?Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers$
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Jean-Paul Faguet and Caroline Pöschl

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198737506

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198737506.001.0001

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Breaking the Countercyclical Pattern of Local Democracy in Pakistan

Breaking the Countercyclical Pattern of Local Democracy in Pakistan

(p.68) 3 Breaking the Countercyclical Pattern of Local Democracy in Pakistan
Is Decentralization Good For Development?

Ali Cheema

Adnan Q. Khan

Roger B. Myerson

Oxford University Press

Amid the great forces pressing Pakistan today, decentralization may seem a small matter. Local democracy was introduced only a few years ago, under General Pervez Musharraf’s rule, for small local populations averaging under 30,000. But decentralization can change the nature of democratic politics profoundly when it brings about sharp increases in the number of popularly elected representatives. Although local democracy was introduced by a military ruler for his own purposes and now might seem inconvenient for many politicians at higher levels of government, local democracy can provide an essential foundation for a strong democratic system in Pakistan. To see how, this chapter first considers the vital relationship between local and national politics, and then analyzes alternative systems of local elections to see how they could strengthen the national democratic system.

Keywords:   decentralization, local democracy, democratic strengthening, national politics, Pakistan, military regimes, federalism

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