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Right-sizing the StateThe Politics of Moving Borders$
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Brendan O'Leary, Ian S. Lustick, and Thomas Callaghy

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199244904

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199244901.001.0001

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The Negotiable State: Borders and Power‐Struggles in Pakistan

The Negotiable State: Borders and Power‐Struggles in Pakistan

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Right-sizing the State

Vali Nasr (Contributor Webpage)

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Vali Nasr examines the political dynamics behind the crucial 1969–71 negotiations on the shape of Pakistan's territory. The author examines how power‐elite interests and their perception of the malleability of state borders influenced the pattern of state formation and policy‐making. The author argues that the tension that is inherent in the ideological posture of state leaders and their pragmatic political practices has provided both opportunities to manage challenges to borders, as in Sind, and to loss of territory, as in East Pakistan.

Keywords:   borders, East Pakistan, elites, Vali Nasr, Pakistan, Sind, territory

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