Turning the Local Global

Turning the Local Global

Turning the Local Global.


The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan has done little to change the status of local governments in Pakistan. Despite application of several iterative reforms so that they are able to tackle the subjects devolved to them, the performance of local governments seems to lack essence. The passage of the 18thAmendment meant that local governments would be placed at the centre of the country’s development campaign. They had to act as the development pivot. However, in all safety, one can say that local governments under Musharraf were far more organized than they are now under an arguably democratic polity. And no matter how good the 18th Amendment looks on paper, it has definitely fallen short of the object that set it in motion. Not only in local, but also in the provincial and federal governments systemic cracks have been exposed regularly by external shocks that lay bare the huge capacity deficits prevalent within these organizations.

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