In the first post in the Picturing Politics series Prof Katharine Adeney looks at the Pakistan Peoples Party 2013 manifesto, which features a prominent image of Benazir Bhutto, the assassinated former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Prof Adeney looks at what the use of Benazir Bhutto’s image tells us about Pakistani politics and question why, despite Benazir’s continued resonance, the PPP was unable to win the recent election.
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Picturing Politics is a series of audio and video clips featuring academics commenting on the political significance of a diverse range of images. The series is intended to offer an invaluable insight into the many ways in which politics has been imagined – quite literally – throughout history, and also the ways in which images have been used to shape and influence our understanding of politics.