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Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Rasul Bakhsh Rais is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, Lahore. His latest book is “Islam, Ethnicity and Power Politics: Constructing Pakistan’s National Identity” (Oxford University Press, 2017). @RasulRais 

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How Pakistan's leadership-centered parties get votes

How people vote depends on the nature of a society, particularly its social structures, demographic characteristics, social development and democratic depth. What is therefore important to understand about voting behavior is the general social and political environment of a country.

July 24, 2018

Manifestos, identity and credibility key in Pakistan elections

Manifestos are programs of proposed actions to solve national problems, demonstrate political commitments, and establish social contracts with the electorate. In a nutshell, they are policy prescriptions to win the support of specific constituencies in electoral politics. 

July 04, 2018