Shami, Mahvish

Dr Mahvish Shami  


Position held

Department of International Development

LSE Fellow

Experience keywords:

political development; political economy of development; clientelism; spatial inequality; informal networks; development economics; agrarian development; land reforms; collective action; informal institution; interlinked markets; agrarian power relations; game theory; community-based development

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Dr Shami is primarily interested in agrarian power relations and how they change when rural economies are connected to the external market. Her research demonstrated that inequality alone does not give landlords extractive powers over the poor, rather it is the interaction of inequality with isolation that limits peasants' exit options and thereby creates a monopolist/monopsonist landlord. Her work thereby demonstrates that in the short- to medium-term, connectivity can go a long way to improving peasants' welfare.


Hindi [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Urdu [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points


LSE Research Online, Funnelback Search


Shami, Mahvish (2012) The impact of connectivity on market interlinkages: evidence from rural Punjab World Development, 40 (5). 999-1012. ISSN 0305-750X

Shami, Mahvish (2012) Collective action, clientelism, and connectivity American Political Science Review, 106 (3). 588-606. ISSN 0003-0554

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