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Decentralization Experience in Pakistan: The 18th Constitutional Amendment

Muhammad Ahsan Rana

Asian Journal of Management Cases, 2020, vol. 17, issue 1, 61-84

Abstract: Of all the amendments made to the Constitution of Pakistan, the 18th Amendment passed in April 2010 is arguably the most important amendment with the most far-reaching consequences. It restored the parliamentary character of the Constitution, redefined the Parliament–judiciary relationship by proposing parliamentary oversight on high judicial appointments and devolved several important functions to Provincial Governments. This decentralization of responsibility and authority provided the context in which various institutional actors renegotiated their roles in a contested space during the years since the Amendment. However, implementation has been quite a challenge in the face of covert and overt opposition from the federal bureaucracy, which is characteristically averse to any transfer of resources and authority. This article is a critical examination of the Amendment and its implementation to understand the nature and extent of devolution of authority resulting therefrom.

Keywords: Decentralization; devolution; constitutional history of Pakistan; 18th Amendment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1177/0972820119892720

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