PhD defense: Patterns of Autonomy and Control in Agencification of Pakistan
On Thursday 23 December at 10.15 hrs. Aisha Rizwan will defend the PhD thesis Patterns of Autonomy and Control in Agencification of Pakistan: Perceptions of Agency Employees and Ministry Officials at the Federal Level.
Agencies in Pakistan have been mushrooming all through the post-independence era until today, in various forms. This study unveils the phenomenon of agencification in Pakistan, while analyzing and explaining the patterns of autonomy and control in the federal agencies, as perceived by the senior management of both the agencies and the parent ministries overseeing them. It also assesses the extent to which generic theoretical explanations and contextual factors shape agency autonomy in Pakistan.
Rizwan’s study is based on a common research project on public sector organizations replicated in different countries under the platform of Comparative Research into Current Trends in Public Sector Organizations (CRIPO) network.
The empirical results demonstrated that the creation of agencies does not guarantee complete autonomy or minimal control by the overseeing authorities since a close networking and informal connection between the political agents and the administrators of the public agencies have a compromising effect on its autonomy.
Though, the data indicates a comparatively lower degree of political influence upon agency structures than traditionally centralized entities. Moreover, the local socio-cultural and politico-administrative context explains the public sector agency dynamics.
The findings of the study suggest to the policy makers and public administrators to conduct a context-specific analysis for drafting relevant and appropriate agency frameworks rather than just adopting popular and latest reform trends propagated by the international community.
A. Rizwan is Assistant Professor at the University of the Punjab and a PhD student at the Utrecht University School of Governance (USG).