Integrating Special-Status Territories into National Political Structures

14th March 2017
Author: Becky Carter

This rapid literature review has searched for experiences of areas or regions that have gone from having a form of special status governance to integration into a national political, legal and administrative system. The focus was on identifying cases similar to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan, and the Government of Pakistan’s proposed reforms to this region (Government of Pakistan 2016). The review sought literature on the domestic management of such a change process as well as critical reform factors, outcomes and lessons from these experiences. The review did not look at international development assistance to these reforms.

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Carter. B. (2017). Integrating special-status territories into national political structures. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.


14th March 2017


Continent: Global

Country: Pakistan