Zaad Mahmood

Assistant Professor

My research focus, so far, can be described as political economy of reforms in India. The research can be located at the intersection of certain broad areas that I am interested in, namely issues of globalisation, public policy, labour and politics in India. The broad areas are reflective of the contemporary concerns regarding radical transformations in society and economy ushering tremendous wealth and opportunity along with grappling issues of policy reform, democracy deficit, inequality and ascriptive politics. Methodologically I am interested in comparative research based on mixed methods.     

My doctoral dissertation titled ‘Globalisation, Policy Convergence and Labour Market; the political economy of reform’ investigated the political variables responsible for policy divergences under conditions of globalisation. Based on comparative study of four sub-national states of India the dissertation highlighted the crucial role of political actors and processes in sub-national variations in reforms.  I want to develop this strand of research further by addressing politics of policy or reform across different case studies and themes.


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West Bengal, India

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