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Seeking Supremacy: the Pursuit Of Judicial Power In Pakistan
[Paperback - 2024]
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Sub-category: Pakistan Studies
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press Uk | ISBN: 9781009016445 | Pages: 307
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The emergence of the judiciary as an assertive and confrontational center of power has been the most consequential new feature of Pakistan s political system. This book maps out the evolution of the relationship between the judiciary and military in Pakistan, explaining why Pakistan s high courts shifted from loyal deference to the military to open competition, and confrontation, with military and civilian institutions. Yasser Kureshi demonstrates that a shift in the audiences shaping judicial preferences explains the emergence of the judiciary as an assertive power center. As the judiciary gradually embraced less deferential institutional preferences, a shift in judicial preferences took place and the judiciary sought to play a more expansive and authoritative political role. Using this audience-based approach, Kureshi roots the judiciary in its political, social and institutional context, and develops a generalizable framework that can explain variation and change in judicial-military relations around the world.

Yasser Kureshi is the John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Fellow in constitutional theory and law at the University of Oxford. His research concerns the military and the judiciary and their impact on constitutional configurations and democratic outcomes in authoritarian and post-authoritarian states. His other research interests include democratic backsliding in South Asia, coup legitimation strategies, federalism, and the making of legal cultures. His work has appeared in the Journal of Comparative Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Democratization.

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