The lion’s share: elections and democracy in Pakistan

Item Type Journal paper

Focusing on the 2013 general elections in the electoral fief of the Sharif dynasty, this article seeks to account for the localised absence of violence and fraud that year. Here the clientelistic networks of Sharif's party facilitated the re-election of a family member, and enabled the party to dispense with thuggish tactics. But this pacification is not solely reducible to the logic of patronage. Force now had to be projected within the idiom of modern political rituals. Through performances and the saturation of public space, the party was able to extract political potency and to reproduce its position of dominance.

Authors Rollier, Paul
Journal or Publication Title Commonwealth & Comparative Politics
Language English
Subjects social sciences
political science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed Yes
Date December 2019
Publisher DOI
Depositing User Prof. Ph.D Paul Rollier
Date Deposited 16 Dec 2019 18:28
Last Modified 11 Feb 2020 15:23


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Rollier, Paul (2019) The lion’s share: elections and democracy in Pakistan. Commonwealth & Comparative Politics,

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