Constraints To Decentralization And Local Government; Historical Perspective
Author: Ghulam Haider

The local government of Pakistan has had limited control in the state due to the decentralised system which has been implemented in the country. The representing government due to the historic events of the military dictatorship established in the name of democracy as well as the lack of willingness of the upper level of the governance ensuring the delivery of the public service in an effective manner.This study has the aim of identifying the causes of the constraints that the representing government present the local government leaving an impact on the governance and decentralisation. In the light of the subjective nature of the study, the secondary qualitative method with the interpretive approach was adopted for this research. Through this, the researcher compare and contrasted the existing understanding with the findings developed in the current research.The analysis conducted determined that the constraints presented to the local government are driven by the political abuse of governmental power in a historic event. Apart from that, it was assessed that certain laws of the established to protect the decentralisation restrict the local government as these limits their direct intervention in the delivery of public service. The assessment further identified that the institutional instability is driven by the unwillingness of the upper tier of the local government and the political instability due to the differences in the federal and provincial laws also majorly contributes to these constraints. The reforms in the decentralisation system are recommended for the enhancement of the role of the local government in the governing of Pakistan. Supervisor:- Dr. Nasir Iqbal

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Supervisor: Nasir Iqbal

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