January 31, 2022
Our panellists for this session will focus on our understanding distributive politics in India and Pakistan and how this interacts with democracy. The discussion will shed light on the everyday practices of distributive politics in both countries and the interaction between distributive politics and social inequality in the South Asian region.
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.
About the Panelists
Dr. Adam Auerbach
Dr. Auerbach is an Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University. His research focuses on local governance, urban politics, and the political economy of development, with a regional focus on India. His first book, Demanding Development: The Politics of Public Goods Provision in India’s Urban Slums (Cambridge University Press, 2020), won the 2021 Dennis Judd Best Book Award from the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Auerbach’s research on urban politics and development in India also appears in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, World Development, and World Politics, among other journals.
Dr. Jennifer Bussell
Dr. Bussell’s research considers the effects of formal and informal institutions—such as corruption, coalition politics, and federalism—on policy outcomes with her regional focus being South Asia, Africa, Latin America. Her work has been published in Political Analysis, Governance, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, and Economic and Political Weekly. Dr. Bussell received her PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Asad Liaqat
Dr. Liaqat is a Research Scientist in the Economics and Policy Research team at Meta, where he conducts research on issues related to micro-entrepreneurship and information flow on digital platforms. His previous research examines interactions between political actors and the ways in which these interactions shape how politicians represent and respond to citizens. He is affiliated with the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies, Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan, and the Institute for Development and Economic Alternatives. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University and a BA in Political Economy and Philosophy from Williams College.
Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand
Dr. Mohmand is an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives and a Fellow at the Mahbub ul Haq Research Centre at LUMS. 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 PhD and MA from IDS, University of Sussex and an MA from Brandeis University.