Fairfield, Tasha

Dr Tasha Fairfield  


Position held

Department of International Development

Assistant Professor

Experience keywords:

comparative politics; inequality; qualitative methods; Latin America; business politics; democracy and inequality; 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: Business Power and Tax Politics in Latin America" is under production with Cambridge University Press.

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.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Latin America


Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

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

Fairfield, Tasha and Jorratt, Michel (2015) Top income shares, business profits, and effective tax rates in contemporary Chile Review of Income and Wealth. 1-46. ISSN 0034-6586


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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