During this LUMS Live session, Dr. Leonard Wantchekon will be examining the mechanisms of state capture in low-income countries and discussing how these mechanisms contribute to the breakdown of democratic institutions. Dr. Wantchekon is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the President and Founder of the African School of Economics. His research interests include political economy, economic history and development economics.
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 5:30 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. Ali Cheema.
Join us for this interesting conversation!
Profiles of Panelists
Dr. Leonard Wantchekon
A scholar with diverse interests, Dr. Wantchekon has made substantive and methodological contributions to the fields of Political Economy, Economic History and Development Economics and contributed to the literature on clientelism and state capture, resource curse and democratisation. He has implemented pioneering studies on political institutions and governance, using field experiments with real politicians competing in real elections to investigate the effects of broad-based policy messages and deliberative campaign strategies on voting behaviour and election outcomes. His current work along these lines applies the methodology of institutional experiments to study candidate selection in local elections, bureaucratic governance and the politics of education policies. Some of his notable publications include The Paradox of Warlord Democracy, Slave Trade and the Origins of Mistrust in Africa and Education and Human Capital Externalities; Evidence from Colonial Benin. Dr. Wantchekon’s academic initiatives and research projects have been covered by major international media outlets such as Financial Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Jeune Afrique, BBC, Voice of America and Radio France International, among others. He holds a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University.
Dr. Shandana Khan Mohmand
Dr. Mohmand is a Fellow and lead of the Governance Team at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, an Associate Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives, Pakistan and has a PhD in Development Studies. Her main areas of research are democratisation, political participation, inequality, and the political economy of public policy and service delivery. She has contributed to both policy and social science research, using varied methodological strategies to investigate these issues in South Asia, the Western Balkans and sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Mohmand is the author of Crafty Oligarchs, Savvy Voters: Democracy Under Inequality in Rural Pakistan.
Dr. Ali Cheema
Dr. Cheema is co-lead academic of the LSE-Oxford based International Growth Centre’s Pakistan Programme and was a founding member of the 2006 Stockholm Challenge Award winning portal, Relief Information System for Earthquakes, Pakistan (risepak.com). He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives, Pakistan and co-founder of the Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Development Studies , Sussex. His recent work on governance, public finance, and human capital acquisition was published in leading international journals and conferences. A Rhodes Scholar, he holds a BA (Hons) in Politics and Economics from Oxford and a PhD in Economics from Cambridge. He has served as a member of Pakistan’s National Finance Commission and was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Harvard.