May 27, 2021
The panel will be discussing the importance of associational capabilities and civic action in building citizen’s trust in democratic institutions. It will examine the impact of differences in associational capabilities across regions in India and Pakistan and its impact on trust in democracy. It will also discuss the types of institutions that are needed in democratic polities to strengthen associational capabilities and build trust in the political system.
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm
Hosted in collaboration with the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre as part of their The Political Economy of Development Series 2021, the session will be moderated by Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand.
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Profiles of Panelists
Dr. Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner
Dr. Kruks-Wisner is an Assistant Professor of Politics and Global Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA). Prior to joining UVA, she was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College.
Her research examines citizenship practice and local governance, with a regional focus on India and explores the topics of citizen-state relations, participation, and governance from a variety of perspectives, including grievance redressal, citizen journalism, gender and policing.
Her book, Claiming the State: Active Citizenship & Social Welfare in India (Cambridge University Press, 2018) was awarded the 2018 Joseph W. Elder Prize for best first book in the Indian Social Sciences by the American Institute for Indian Studies. A related paper, “The Pursuit of Social Welfare: Citizen Claim-Making in Rural India” (World Politics, 2018), was awarded the 2019 Luebbert Article Prize by the American Political Science Association. Kruks-Wisner holds a PhD in Political Science and Masters in International Development Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
Dr. Patrick Heller
Patrick Heller is the Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences and professor of Sociology and International Studies. He is the director of the development research programme at the Watson Institute of International Studies and Public Affairs.
His main area of research is the comparative study of social inequality and democratic deepening. He is the author of The Labor of Development: Workers in the Transformation of Capitalism in Kerala, India (Cornell 1999) and co-author of Social Democracy and the Global Periphery (Cambridge 2006), Bootstrapping Democracy: Transforming Local Governance and Civil Society in Brazil (Stanford 2011) and most recently, Deliberation and Development: Rethinking the Role of Voice and Collective Action in Unequal Societies.
He has published articles on urbanisation, comparative democracy, social movements, development policy, civil society and state transformation. His most recent project, Cities of Delhi, conducted in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Research, explores the dynamics of governance and social exclusion in India’s capital.
Dr. Umair Javed
Dr. Javed is an Assistant Professor of Political Sociology at LUMS and a Fellow at 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.
Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand
Dr. Mohmand is a Research Fellow and lead of the Governance cluster at the Institute of Development Studies 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.