Democracy and discontent

The writer is a professor of political science at LUMS, Lahore. His recent book is Imagining Pakistan: Modernism, State and the Politics of Islamic Revival (Lexington Books, 2017)The writer is a professor of political science at LUMS, Lahore. His recent book is Imagining Pakistan: Modernism, State and the Politics of Islamic Revival (Lexington Books, 2017)

The writer is a professor of political science at LUMS, Lahore. His recent book is Imagining Pakistan: Modernism, State and the Politics of Islamic Revival (Lexington Books, 2017)

There is ample evidence from our history to show that discontent — social, economic and political — has led to democratic breakdown, opening up opportunity for the military to step in. It has happened four times. Each intervention in constitutional politics produced enormous structural difficulties in consolidation of democracy in post-military regimes. Many of the problems Pakistan’s

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