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Title of Thesis
The Prospects of New Local Government System. A case study of District Government Dera Ismail Khan

Najeebullah Khan
Institute/University/Department Details
Gomal University of Dera Ismail Khan
Management Studies
Number of Pages
Keywords (Extracted from title, table of contents and abstract of thesis)
ground-realities, popular participation, government intervention

The shift from an existing local government system to a new one in itself is an indication of weaknesses in the replaced system. Thus, the new LGO 2001 is an effort to depart from the old platform to a new one with an assumption that the new system has such structural and functional features, which will not only wipeout the legacy problems but also add mundane values to the local government system in Pakistan. Prima facie, the intentions of new system look positive, as new structures have been introduced thereby distributing the resources and authorities down to the grass root levels with better chances of good service delivery to the general public. However, it is a pre-requisite to have a possible system best in documents; it is more important and challenging to translate the theoretical system into reality. The new system may be matchless in contents but this is not the guarantee of successful implementation. The objective of this research is to study the ground-realities of the system by gathering empirical facts and figures from real actors of the local government. The questionnaire has been applied to read the situation from all possible dimensions. To substantiate the primary data, the official record has been analyzed. The data analyses reveal several findings, which can be used as yardsticks for the prospects of new system in our country. Although, it might be taken more natural if general public is giving lower scores on the performance of new system than the councilors and government servants however, extreme attitudes are alarming. The most striking finding of the study is that there is a lack of understanding of the system itself by all the users, which is making the system-performance-evaluation more ambiguous, complicated and thus, subject to a variety of interpretations. The regression analyses expose other variables to determine the system prospects however, the dominant beta-score of ‘popular participation’ and ‘government intervention’ 9 conveys a different message. That is, efforts should be made to increase participation but more importantly a visible mechanism must be put in place to stop government intervention. It is however, worth mentioning that the public is optimistic about the new system and they are enthusiastic about its future provided, all the publicly noticed weaknesses and problems of the new system are taken up instantly and uprooted in time.

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S. No. Chapter Title of the Chapters Page Size (KB)
1 1 Introduction 14  

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  1.1 Background 14
  1.2 Problem statement 17
  1.3 Objectives of the study 18
  1.4 Importance of the study 18
  1.5 Research Hypotheses 19
  1.6 Organization of the thesis 20
2 2 Literature Review 22  

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  2.1 Global Perspectives 22
  2.2 National Perspectives 33
  2.3 Extracted variables 39
  2.4 Theoretical Framework 40
  2.5 Discussion 41
3 3 Research Design 44  

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  3.1 Approach 44
  3.2 Populatio 44
  3.3 Sample & Sampling Procedure 45
  3.4 Data Collection Methods 46
  3.5 Data Analysis Tools 46
  3.6 Operationalization of the Concepts 47
  3.7 The Case Study 48
4 4 Local Government Systems in Pakistan 50  


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  4.1 Introduction 50
  4.2 Pre- Independence Period 50
  4.3 Post- Independence Period 51
  4.4 Local Government 1958-69 52
  4.5 Local Governments 1972-77 55
  4.6 Local government 1979-84 56
  4.7 Local Government 1985-1998 59
  4.8 Local government 1999-onward 60
  4.9 Discussion 60
5 5 New Local Govt. System 62  

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  5.1 Introduction 62
  5.2 Changes introduced by the new system 63
  5.3 Salient Features of the New System 76
  5.4 Problems Addressed 79
  5.5 Challenges in Addressing the Problems 80
  5.6 Discussion 84
6 6 Data Analysis & Interpretation 86  

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  6.1 Introduction 86
  6.2 Checking the Reliability of measure: Cronbach’s Alpha 86
  6.3 Descriptive Statistics: Cross Tabulations of Respondents’ Profile 87
  6.4 Description of Research Variables 90
  6.5 Inferential Statistics: Pearson Correlation 91
  6.6 Hypotheses Testing 92
7 7 General Discussion 114  

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  7.1 Popular participation 114
  7.2 Accountability and transparency 116
  7.3 Public service delivery 118
  7.4 Good Governance 120
  7.10 Prospects of the system 123
8 8 Summary and Conclusions 127

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  8.1 Summary of the Findings 127
  8.2 Conclusions 132
  8.3 Recommendations 134
  8.4 Implications 141
    Bibliography 144
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    Appendices 163
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