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Policymaking — to what end?

ONE critical challenge plaguing Pakistan is the tendency of its power elites to give priority to simplistic solutions to complex problems. Thoughtful approaches presented during policymaking are often disregarded in…

Policymaking and elite monopoly

“If we will not endure a king as a political power, we should not endure a king over the production, transportation, and sale of any of the necessaries of life…If…

Economic policymaking

One casualty of the fall of the Berlin Wall in the 1990s has been ‘economic policy’. It does not mean that ‘Economic policy’ is not required or it has become…

Ad hoc policymaking

ASSUME a policy is ‘bad’ to begin with. Implemented consistently, it will likely get some groups to favour it, and some stakeholders to trust it. Thus, counter-intuitively, even if a…

Internet policymaking

MUCH of 2020 has been marred by uncertainty regarding the state of social media in Pakistan. With surprise new rules in the absence of consultation or transparency, blanket bans on…

Policymaking Under The PTI

Policymaking under the PTI

With the formation of an 18-member Economic Advisory Council (EAC) comprising eminent economists, Imran Khan’s government will not be short of economic policymaking expertise that was sorely lacking under former…

National Security: Disastrous Policymaking

National security: disastrous policymaking

Input will dictate output – almost always. So what is the input that is going into our national security and foreign policymaking that has produced such a bungled output? Let’s…

Art Of Policymaking

Art of policymaking

They say when you really love something the whole universe conspires to help you achieve it. As a nation, had we love for true democracy or good governance we would…

Policymaking With Blindfolds

Policymaking with blindfolds

Earlier this year officials at the federal Ministry of Finance and the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) had a disagreement. The disagreement was due to a rebasing (changing the base…

Local puzzles, foreign pieces

Here’s the latest twist in the saga of Pakistan’s economic spectacle: we’ve decided to bring in a foreign expert to whip up a “homegrown” economic development plan. Yes, you heard…