Power Elites in Pakistan: Creation, Contestations, Continuity

  • Ayesha Shoukat Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Railway Rd, Bahawalpur
  • Edmund Terence Gomez Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya
  • Kee-Cheok Cheong Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya


This study examines the creation of power elites in Pakistan and how they have come to acquire a prominent presence in this country’s economy. The article deals with an interesting paradox: how have power elites, in constant contestation with each other, managed to collectively maintain their presence in this country’s economy? The complex concept of power is reviewed here by deconstructing the state to understand where it lies and how it is deployed to attain different, even contradictory, objectives. This study highlights, in historical perspective, the way power has been employed, expressed, and legitimised. The exercise and maintenance of power is framed through an inter-disciplinary framework that encompasses political as well as socio-economic dimensions.


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SHOUKAT, Ayesha; GOMEZ, Edmund Terence; CHEONG, Kee-Cheok. Power Elites in Pakistan: Creation, Contestations, Continuity. Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies, [S.l.], v. 54, n. 2, p. 235-253, nov. 2017. ISSN 1511-4554. Available at: <https://mjes.um.edu.my/article/view/8630>. Date accessed: 14 aug. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.22452/MJES.vol54no2.4.