Law, State and Inequality in Pakistan

Explaining the Rise of the Judiciary

  • Muhammad Azeem

Part of the International Law and the Global South book series (ILGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Law Under Modernization: Foundational Discourse (1947–1990)

  3. Law Under Neo-Liberal Development: Rights for Democratic Deficit (1990–2008)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Muhammad Azeem
      Pages 213-261
    3. Muhammad Azeem
      Pages 263-278

About this book


Through a detailed historical and empirical account of post-independence years, this book offers a new assessment of the role of the judiciary in Pakistani politics. Instead of seeing the judiciary as helpless or struggling against an authoritarian state, it argues that the judiciary has been a crucial link in the creation of state and political inequality in Pakistan. This rubs against the central role given to the judiciary in developing countries to fix the ‘corrupt politicians and stubborn bureaucracies’ in the World Bank’s ‘Good Governance’ paradigm and rule of law initiatives. It also challenges the contemporary legal and judicial discourse that extols the virtues of Public Interest Litigation. While the book’s core analysis is a critique of the contemporary liberal legal project, it also adds to the critical tradition of social theory by linking political economy to a social theory of law. The theoretical aspect of the study is applicable to any developing society whose judiciary is going through foreign-sponsored ‘rule of law’ judicial reforms.


International Law and the Global South Judiciaries in South Asia Law and State Theory Good Governance and Judiciary Public Interest Litigation

Authors and affiliations

  • Muhammad Azeem
    • 1
  1. 1.Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of LawLahore University of Management Sciences Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of LawLahorePakistan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-3844-0
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-3845-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2510-1420
  • Series Online ISSN 2510-1439
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