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Dr Mahmood’s research focuses on political economy of reforms, issues of public policy, labour issues, elections and politics in India.
His book, Globalisation and Labour reforms: the politics of interest groups and partisan governments looks at the political variables responsible for policy divergences under conditions of globalisation. Based on comparative study of four sub-national states of India, the book highlights the role of partisan support bases in shaping reform preferences of governments.
His recent work has been on the sub-national variation in labour reforms in India, state behaviour under conditions of globalization and judicial intervention in labour issues in West Bengal, India.
Dr Mahmood is part of the sub-national India Electoral Integrity project that is evaluating the quality of elections as part of the Perceptions of Electoral Integrity research theme. He was a Senior Visiting Fellow, Electoral Integrity Project, at the University of Sydney in 2015.
Dr Mahmood is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Presidency University where he is on leave for the year 2017-18. He has also taught at S.A.Jaipuria College, University of Calcutta.
He is a regular political commentator and panellist on political events in the regional and national news media, both in print and visual like CatchNews, ABP-Ananda, 24 Ghanta and national channels like Times NOW.