Pakistan’s Political Parties
Surviving between Dictatorship and Democracy


“This is truly an important contribution to the literature on political parties and electoral considerations in Pakistan. There is nothing like it that currently exists”
-Charles H. Kennedy, professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations and Director, Middle East and South Asia Program, Wake Forest University


“This wonderful book is absolutely indispensable for understanding Pakistan’s democracy, and all of the main actors and interests involved. The various authors manage very effectively to combine deep knowledge of Pakistan’s political parties. social groups, and interests, with the comparative breadth to put everything into broader theoretical perspective.”
-Steven Wilkinson, Henry R. Luce Director The Whitney & Betty MacMillon Center for International & Area Studios, Nilekani Professor of India & South Asian Studios and professor of political science & international affairs. Yale University


Pakistan’s 2018 general elections marked the second successful transfer of power from one elected civilian government to another—a remarkable achievement considering the country’s history of dictatorial rule. Pakistan’s Political Parties examines how the civilian side of the state’s current regime has survived the transition to democracy, providing critical insight into the evolution of political parties in Pakistan and their role in developing democracies in general.


Pakistan’s numerous political parties span the ideological spectrum, as well as represent diverse regional, ethnic, and religious constituencies. The essays in this volume explore the way in which these parties both contend and work with Pakistan’s military-bureaucratic establishment to assert and expand their power. Researchers use interviews, surveys, data, and ethnography to illuminate the internal dynamics and motivations of these groups and the mechanisms through which they create policy and influence state and society.


Pakistan’s Political Parties is a one-of-a-kind resource for diplomats, policymakers, journalists, and scholars searching for a comprehensive overview of Pakistan’s party system and its unlikely survival against an interventionist military, with insights that extend far beyond the region.


Publisher: Folio Books

Publishing date: 2020

ISBN: 978-969-7834-21-1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 370

Rights: Pakistan

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Surviving between Dictatorship and Democracy

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