How Pakistan became an Asian Tiger By : Dr Nadeem Ul Haque

How Pakistan became an Asian Tiger
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  • Author: Dr Nadeem Ul Haque
    Publication Date: 30/11/-0001
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“This extremely lucid and entertaining book provides a fresh new indictment of the international aid establishment that serious students of development, both in high-income and developing economies, must confront.  Turning the tables on donor agency reports that blame limitations in local capacity to deliver, including as the result of corruption and rent-seeking, for the limited success of many development initiatives in Pakistan, it traces those limitations back to the stultifying effects on local intellectual vitality and drive to the dominant presence of those agencies themselves and their pursuit of donor-driven policy agendas.   Most crucially, the intellectual passivity that results in the absence of local ownership in aid initiatives is traced back to the corrosive effects on domestic intellectual vitality and creativity of the incentives created by the aid establishment.  This is a provocative but entirely plausible thesis  that those who are committed to improving the economic wellbeing of the world’s poor, both in Pakistan and elsewhere, must take seriously.”

—Peter Montiel, Farleigh S. Dickinson Jr. ’41 Professor of Economics, Williams College


“Nadeem ul Haque’s innovative future history provides a marvelous framework for an erudite critique of current failed aid-based development policies for Pakistan, and for the promotion of an alternative based on acknowledging that complex self-organizing networks are the building blocks of genuine development.”

—Steve Keen, Professor of Economics at Kingston University, Author of Debunking Economics


“Nadeem ul Haque is a rarity among development analysts – someone with an intellectual foot firmly in two worlds…Haque’s book is a valiant attempt to put into non-technical terms the frustrations that policy analysts from Developing countries face – caught as they are between predatory, unlistening governments and a donor community that believes “more of the same but this time we are serious” really does represent a valid response to past failures. Donors have preached the importance of county ownership for decades, but have seldom practiced what they preached. Whether Nadeem’s RFP is the answer to this “rock and hard place” trap is anyone’s guess, but Nadeem’s basic message: that we have to start doing development assistance differently is one that at least I find compelling.”

—Dennis De Tray, Former World Bank Director for Europe and Central Asia Region


“This fascinating thought experiment will help students of global political economy to bridge the gap between economic reality and the science of complex systems. The author sees the conundrum of economic development as bottom-up social transformation and explains how it can be achieved in the complex political reality of Pakistan.”


—Hilton L. Root, Professor, George Mason University


“A thought-provoking book by an economist who has been engaged both for research and in the preparation of Pakistan’s development plans. This book pays a good deal of attention to what might be called the “software” of growth, i.e., the incentive system, the working of institutions, human capital, research networks, etc. that are often neglected in growth theories that focus exclusively or excessively on increases in physical capital as the propellant for growth. The book should be read widely and could be instrumental in engaging scholars and laymen in substantive discussions, especially as the style is clear and straightforward. I second the views of an earlier reviewer who suggested that the book be translated into Urdu so as to secure a wider readership.”

—Khalid Ikram, Former World Bank director, and Advisor, Planning Commission 


“Nadeem Haque deserves our gratitude for his unique attempt, through this semi-fictional work, for shattering  our priors and conventional thinking about economics and Pakistan’s economy. He is right that the mono disciplinary and exclusive , dominant  approach of Economics needs to give place to a broader   interdisciplinary approach in which economics, politics and sociology all are brought to bear in understanding the complexity of the real world phenomena.”

—Dr. Ishrat Husain, Professor Emeritus and Chairman, Centre for Excellence in Islamic Finance (CEIF)

“Nadeem ul Haque has made a significant contribution to the literature on development with his latest work. He has used a novel approach in indicating the limitations of public policy both in terms of method and style. He has applied the emerging theory of complexity to suggest that governance systems, institutional structures and culture interact. Within this tableau of complexity the identification of the appropriate policy, the implementation and assessment of its impact are fraught with uncertainty. Finding the space for policy intervention requires discovering emerging patterns of socio economic change using the new big data techniques. Given the complexity of the process of change Nadeem suggests that one can at best nudge the process at the margin rather than intervene with conventional policy instruments within an ambitious governmental agenda. 

“Haque has chosen a fictional style by placing himself in the future and looking back at the success achieved through a particular set of policies that would like to be pursued. Both the method and style of this book are innovative and make it very interesting, instructive and original. It promises to be a rewarding read for statesmen, policy makers, and scholars of the subject.”

—Dr. Akmal Hussain, Distinguished Professor, Dean School of Social Sciences, Information Technology University, Lahore, and Co-chair, South Asia Centre for Policy Studies (SACEPS)


“Nadeem ul Haque, one of Pakistan’s foremost economists and intellectuals, uses his keen literary sense to give Pakistanis an exciting glimpse into our great nation’s potential for the future, outlining how through a deep, widespread reform of our development policies, Pakistan has the potential to emerge as a great power over the next three decades. However, if we are to actualize our potential as a nation, we must heed Dr. Haque’s words of wisdom and begin focusing on the plight of all Pakistanis rather than continue to serve narrow special interests above the interests of all. A nation must be able to serve and dignify all of its citizens if it is to emerge as a great power, and with Dr. Haque’s inclusive, insightful message, Pakistan can in fact achieve this lofty ideal.”

—Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University, Washington, DC


Book Details

Number of Pages: 226 Pages
Bar Code: 9780995903012
Publisher: Kitab (Pvt) Ltd
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