Fairfield, Tasha

Dr Tasha Fairfield  


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Experience keywords:

Latin America; business politics; comparative politics; democracy and inequality; inequality; qualitative methods; tax reform

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Tasha Fairfield is a comparative political scientist with expertise on political economy in Latin America. Her core research examines business influence on public policy decisions, the political economy of inequality, democratic governance, state capacity, and business-state relations.

Her book, Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America: Business Power and Tax Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines how and when the interests of economic elites prevail in unequal democracies through comparative analysis of tax reform in Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia after economic liberalization.

Before arriving at LSE, Dr. Fairfield was a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, and the International Center for Tax and Development (ICTD) at the University of Sussex Institute for Development Studies. She is currently a member of ICTD’s Resource Allocation Group.

Dr. Fairfield holds a Ph.D in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as an M.A. in Latin American studies and an M.S. in physics from Stanford University.

Dr. Fairfield will be a 2017-2018 fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University, where she will be working on a book project, “Social Inquiry and Bayesian Inference: Rethinking Qualitative Research.”

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Latin America


Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Contact Points



Fairfield, Tasha and Charman, Andrew (2018) The Bayesian foundations of iterative research in qualitative social science: a dialogue with the data Perspectives on Politics. ISSN 1537-5927 (In Press)


Fairfield, Tasha and Garay, Candelaria (2017) Redistribution under the right in Latin America: electoral competition and organized actors in policymaking Comparative Political Studies, 50 (14). 1871-1906. ISSN 0010-4140

Fairfield, Tasha and Charman, Andrew (2017) Explicit Bayesian analysis for process tracing: guidelines, opportunities, and caveats Political Analysis, 25 (3). 363-380. ISSN 1047-1987


Fairfield, Tasha (2015) Reflections on analytic transparency in process tracing research Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, 13 (1). 47-51.

Fairfield, Tasha and Charman, Andrew (2015) Formal Bayesian process tracing: guidelines, opportunities, and caveats The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Fairfield, Tasha (2015) Private wealth and public revenue in Latin America: business power and tax politics Cambridge University Press, New York, USA. ISBN 9781107088375

Fairfield, Tasha and Jorratt, Michel (2015) Top income shares, business profits, and effective tax rates in contemporary Chile Review of Income and Wealth. ISSN 0034-6586

Fairfield, Tasha (2015) Structural power in comparative political economy:perspectives from policy formulation in Latin America Business and Politics, 17 (3). 411-441. ISSN 1469-3569


Fairfield, Tasha and Jorratt, Michel (2014) Top income shares, business profits, and effective tax rates in contemporary Chile ICTD working paper, Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK. ISBN 9781781181508


Fairfield, Tasha (2013) Going where the money is: strategies for taxing economic elites in unequal democracies World Development, 47. 42-57. ISSN 0305-750X


Fairfield, Tasha (2011) Business power and protest: Argentina’s agricultural producers protest in comparative context Studies in Comparative International Development, 46 (4). 424-453. ISSN 0039-3606


Fairfield, Tasha (2010) Business power and tax reform: taxing income and profits in Chile and Argentina Latin American Politics and Society, 52 (2). 37-71. ISSN 1531-426X

Leonard, David K. and Brass, Jennifer N. and Nelson, Michael and Ear, Sophal and Fahey, Dan and Fairfield, Tasha and Gning, Martha Johnson and Halderman, Michael and McSherry, Brendan and Moehler, Devra C. and Prichard, Wilson and Turner, Robin and Vu, Tuong and Dijkman, Jeroen (2010) Does patronage still drive politics for the rural poor in the developing world?: a comparative perspective from the livestock sector Development and Change, 41 (3). 475-494. ISSN 0012-155X

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