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Making Federation Work
Federalism in Pakistan After the 18th Amendment
The book presents diverse perspectives from different disciplines with coherence and an admirable focus on federalism. It adequately explains why federalism needs to be re-examined and be a subject of fresh scholarship. The book comprises of an impressive collection of articles. These articles address all dimensions of federalism and make a good addition to literature on federalism. It is a good addition not only to the academic field of Pakistani politics, but in the literature of the popular field of federalism in general.
The 18th Amendment itself is a landmark event in the constitutional history of Pakistan. This event has been analysed in the different chapters of the book from different angles. Historical, political, economic, sociological, and environmental factors associated with this unique federal experiment have been thoroughly analysed by a galaxy of learned scholars. Moreover, it provides a rare opportunity of giving a platform for the works of eminent scholars. The book will not only introduce students to the burning issues of Pakistani politics but will also be useful to policymakers, practitioners, and researchers for their future endeavours.
This collection of research-based articles from renowned scholars dissects the political, historical, and various other dimensions of Pakistan’s negotiated federalist revolution—the 18th Constitutional Amendment passed by Parliament in 2010. The 18th Amendment brought a paradigm shift in Pakistan’s quasi-federal system, bringing to life the taboo theme of unity through diversity. Five years down the line, as the Amendment totters, this book provides a new impetus to the much needed debate on federalism in Pakistan.
Senator Raza Rabbani
Chairman, Senate Pakistan
and Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms
Asma Faiz teaches in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). She has been teaching courses on Comparative Politics, International Conflict, and Civil War. Her research areas include ethnicity, federalism, citizen diplomacy between India and Pakistan, and the rise and fall of nationalist movements in Pakistan. She has been a participant in various international conferences in Pakistan and the US. She has also been a co-organizer of conferences in LUMS on regional issues, with a focus on Pakistan and India. Her previous book India-Pakistan Dialogue: Bringing the Society In was published by the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies, Sri Lanka. She has pursued her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Sciences Po, Paris.
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