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Rethinking connectivity as interactivity: a case study of Pakistan

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  • Haque, Nadeem
  • Pirzada, Ahmed
  • Ahmed, Vaqar

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Connectivity in developing countries has traditionally been viewed in terms of investment in transport and communications. This papers makes an effort to go beyond this traditional view and conceptualizes connectivity as networks between people and places. We split the overall national reforms agenda for connectivity into three prongs: a) transportation and related services, b) ICT, and c) social capital. We try to see the state of each of these three in case of Pakistan and then propose reforms keeping in view the current political economy milieu.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 34049.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:34049

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Keywords: Connectivity; Economic Growth; Transport; Communications; Social Capital;

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