Conceptions of the Rule of Law

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Therefore this paper will also employ Gramsci’s concept of hegemony and Foucault’s concept of discipline to dissect the colonial system of policing and then induce useful inference from these theories. A brief history of the police reform efforts in the post independent era will be discussed to discover the priorities of the state.

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Berkeley Journal of Social SciencesVol. 1, No. 8, 2011Police and the Rule of Law in Pakistan:A Historical AnalysisKalim Imam?Abstract: The absence of rule of law has often been cited as a key hurdle for goodgovernance in Pakistan. It is a fundamental notion for a democratic process and development,though its advocacy and enforcement is not merely and exclusively the responsibility of thestate. In fact all segments, institutions of the state and society need to come together to ensureas well as respect this essential dictum for upholding order, stability, tranquility andgovernance. This paper discusses the development of rule of law in Pakistan whilst focusingon the role played by the police in this process.The paper starts out by introducing the concept of rule of law and outlining the premise fordiscerning responsibilities of police vis--vis the rule of law. Role of police in establishingthe rule of law is studied as a historical narrative. The historical perspective includes only thecolonization era and the following 64 years of independent Pakistan. Though it has beencontested that state and its institutions were formalized prior to the British conquest of IndianSubcontinent nevertheless the current system of government has more roots in the colonialheritage than anything else.Therefore this paper will also employ Gramsci's concept of hegemony and Foucault'sconcept of discipline to dissect the colonial system of policing and then induce usefulinferen

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