Shifting Tides in South Asia: Renewed Hope in Pakistan?

Issue Date April 2014
Volume 25
Issue 2
Page Numbers 105-118
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The victory of former premier Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League (known as the PML-N) over the incumbent Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in the 11 May 2013 national elections marks a milestone in Pakistan’s history. During the course of the country’s 66 years as a sovereign state, instability has become the norm, with lurches from fragile democracy to military rule all too common. Against this stark backdrop, the convincing opposition win in a regularly scheduled vote, followed by a smooth handover of office, offers renewed hope that electoral democracy and civilian rule may be on the way to consolidation.

About the Author

Maya Tudor is associate professor of government and public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. She is author of The Promise of Power: The Origins of Democracy in India and Autocracy in Pakistan (2013) and Varieties of Nationalism: Communities, Narratives, Identities (with Harris Mylonas, 2023).

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