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Phillip Oldenburg

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Solving the Puzzle of why India is a Democracy and Pakistan is not Since the 1977 election in India, India’s democracy has been slowly strengthened; in Pakistan, after Bhutto’s rigged 1977 election, the military has continued to entrench itself in power, even during 13 years of “democratic” rule. These differing trajectories are best explained by the balance of power between the bureaucracy and military versus elected politicians, during the colonial period, in the early years of independence, ending with the 1958 coup in Pakistan and the 1964 death of Nehru. The intermittent alliance with the U.S. plays an important part in Pakistan’s pattern of periods of army rule, but differences in socio-economic structure or religion do not significantly explain the divergent paths.  

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Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.