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Failure of Governance in Pakistan: What can the diaspora do to influence the debate?

Public Seminar

Monday 11th February 2013, 11.15am to 12.45pm, Room NAB.2.04, New Academic Building, LSE

Speaker: Ehtisham Ahmad

Chair: Athar Hussain

Despite a series of IMF programs since the 1990s, with the support of the World Bank, public service delivery in Pakistan has deteriorated steadily, tax reforms have stalled for the past three decades and the tax/GDP ratio continues to slide further limiting the scope of the state in providing services and security to the citizens. We argue that the relations between Pakistan and the Bretton Woods Institutions has to be seen from the prism of the wider, and often gyrating, relationship between Pakistan and the United States. This has distorted incentives, particularly for political governments, interspersed between periods of military rule, that have had damaging consequences for governance and structural reforms in the country. We ask whether the support from the Pakistani diaspora, that has prevented the government from defaulting over the past few years, could be better channelled to encourage more responsible behaviour by governments in the future.

Dr Ehtisham Ahmad| is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE Asia Research Centre and Senior Fellow at the University of Bonn, Center for Development Research.

Professor Athar Hussain| is Director of LSE Asia Research Centre.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email arc@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7615.

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