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Re-Theorising Pakistan's Political Economy

Akbar Zaidi’s (2014: 47) article “is a critique of how the political economy has been constructed in Pakistan, especially with regard to the state and the military (perhaps for understandable reasons usually seen as one and the same), ignoring the actually existing country”. Zaidi then criticises,...

Uncontested Engagements

In the Preface to a new book (to be published next month) which examines Pakistan’s political economy afresh, having lamented the state of social science discourse in Pakistan, I write, I have more hope and expectation from a growing set of younger academics who proceed for, or have just completed...

The Everyday State in Lyari

The township of Lyari in Karachi has been proffered as a space in the heart of metropolitan Pakistan that exists outside of the de facto writ of the state. Its geographical boundaries purportedly mark the limits of law, a space where “the state does not any longer have the monopoly over violence” (...

State, Society and Power

Five scholars engage with S Akbar Zaidi's proposed agenda for research in the political economy of Pakistan, "Rethinking Pakistan's Political Economy" (1 February 2014). Majed Akhter introduces the discussion, Aasim Sajjad Akhtar discusses the hegemonic "politics of common sense", Fahd Ali draws on postcolonial theory to engage Zaidi's use of "political settlements", Umair Javed focuses on associational politics in Punjab and Adeem Suhail theorises "the negotiated state" based on his fi eldwork in Karachi. Zaidi responds to the critiques by suggesting they are not ruthless enough.

From Below

S Akbar Zaidi has to be congratulated for initiating the quite formidable task of “rethinking Pakistan’s political economy” in the face of both global stereotyping and the poor state of social sciences within the country. My PhD dissertation, with which Zaidi engages in detail, was a modest attempt...

Associational Politics in Punjab

Contemporary scholars of Pakistan are in agreement about the defining characteristics marking the changing nature of capital accumulation in the country. Notable features include the rise of the retail, wholesale and small-scale manufacturing sector; a decline in the contribution of farm activity...
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