April 8, 2021
As part of the session, Professor Robinson will discuss the social and economic changes that have caused polarization to increase in democratic politics in the 21st century. He examines the strain this is placing on democratic institutions and what implications these changes have for our understanding of democracy as a political system.
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm (PKT)
Hosted in collaboration with the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre as part of their Mahbub ul Haq Distinguished Lectures 2021, the session will be moderated by Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand and Dr. Umair Javed.
Join us for this insightful conversation!
Profiles of Panelists
Dr. James Robinson
Dr. Robinson is the Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and the Director of the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts.
His research interests include political economy, comparative economic development, and economic history. He is the author of the highly acclaimed books, The Narrow Corridor: State, Societies and the Fate of Liberty and Why Nations Fail: Origins of Power, Poverty and Prosperity. He has also written and co-authored numerous books and articles, including the acclaimed Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy.
Dr. Robinson received his PhD from Yale University and his MA from the University of Warwick.
Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand
Dr. Mohmand is a Research Fellow and lead of the Governance cluster at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex.
Her research focuses on the relationship between political participation, inequality and accountability, and her research interests include democratisation, local governance, and the political economy of public policy and service delivery. She is the author of Crafty Oligarchs, Savvy Voters: Democracy Under Inequality in Rural Pakistan (Cambridge University Press).
She has a DPhil and MA from IDS, University of Sussex and an MA from Brandeis University.
Dr. Umair Javed
Dr. Javed is an Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at LUMS and a fellow of the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre. His doctoral research focused on politics and practices of accumulation, and labour relations in Pakistan's informal economy, with a specific focus on the retail-wholesale (bazaar) sector.
His research interests span various aspects of political participation, socio-economic development, and urban public life in South Asia. His academic work has been published in Economic and Political Weekly, Current History, and Catalyst: A Journal of Theory and Strategy. He has also contributed book chapters to volumes published by Routledge, Cambridge University Press, and the Australian National University Press.
He has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science.