Sameen A. Mohsin Ali: MUSA FORUM MUSA's 2nd Graduate Conference, in collaboration with the Royal Asiatic Society, will be held in London on 8, 9, & 10 October 2015. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Michel Boivin of CEIS Paris. Please do join us.
Thematic Keywords
bureaucracy, patronage, clientelism, politicisation, policy
Geographic Keywords
Pakistan, Punjab, South Asia
Full Name
Sameen A. Mohsin Ali
Email Address
Current Position
PhD student
as of [05-03-2015 22:54:31]
Current Department
Law and Social Sciences
Expected Year of Graduation
Academic Advisor
Dr Matthew Nelson
Position Title
PhD student
Current Institution
School of Oriental and African Studies
Country of Institution
Most recently completed Degree and Institution
MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science
Discipline of most recently completed degree
Comparative Politics
Year of graduation from most recently completed degree
Current Research Title
Politicisation of the Bureaucracy and Political Access in Pakistan (tentative)
Current Research Abstract
Focusing on Pakistan (1988 to 2013), I argue that patterns of bureaucratic politicisation are based on relationships of patronage and inflected by political pressures, especially, the pressures related to elections. In tracing 'politicisation,' I look at appointments, promotions and transfers that bypass formal rules, in order to avoid merit and/or seniority, while privileging informal ties instead. In mapping 'political inequality', I identify some of the ways in which policy-making processes incorporate some politicians, bureaucrats, and social actors while excluding others. On their own, it is not difficult to see how ‘politicisation’ and ‘political inequality’ are related. In fact distinguishing them is often rather difficult. I hypothesise, however, that in between these two variables, patterns of politicisation (and, thus, patterns pertaining to ‘political inequality’) are shaped by the Electoral Cycle. This variable is divided into two components to match the phases of the cycle: before an election (Phase 1), and after an election (Phase 2). The difference between these phases is examined and shown to pertain across different policy areas, at different levels of government (national, provincial, and local), in both military and civilian regimes (as well as across different governing parties). In short, I trace different patterns of politicization with reference to the influence of electoral politics.
Other Research
Political parties in pakistan; election management in Pakistan