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Local government dissolution in Karachi: chasm or catalyst?

Brown, Alison Margaret Braithwaite ORCID: and Ahmed, Saeed 2017. Local government dissolution in Karachi: chasm or catalyst? Third World Thematics 1 (6) , pp. 879-897. 10.1080/23802014.2016.1315318

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Karachi’s history has left a city riven by tribal, ethnic and sectarian divisions, which exhibits dimensions of fragility typical of ‘post-conflict’ cities. Pakistan has faced many challenges in establishing transparent government, and local government dissolution in 2009 led to a rapid increase in informal service provision, ghettoisation of low-income settlements, as sectarian violence left large parts of the city ungovernable. Through a case study of North Nazimabad, this paper explores the ensuing chasm and governance mechanisms that filled the gap, examining what happens when local government fails, and how groups and communities contest political, social and physical space.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Karachi, local government, informal land controls, informal settlements
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 2380-2014
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 31 March 2017
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 21:18

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