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Laure Bokobza

DPhil in Politics

I am a first-year DPhil student in Politics at Nuffield College, and a doctoral researcher for the ERC-funded project WEALTHPOL - "The Politics of Wealth Inequality", headed by Pr. Ben Ansell. 

My main research interests lie in the fields of Political Economy and Comparative Politics. My dissertation focuses on the questions of taxation and redistribution in autocratic regimes. I propose a research design to investigate how non-democratic regimes design their fiscal systems, and argue that the optimal tax and transfer policy in an autocracy is a function of the state’s extractive capacity, and the balance of threats from powerful interests. 

Before starting my doctoral programme, I completed a Masters degree in Public Policy and Development at the Paris School of Economics, having graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS Ulm), and spent a semester at Columbia University (New York) as a graduate research visitor in Political Science. I have also worked for various non-profit organizations such as the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) in Beirut, and the American NGO Human Rights First, as part of their Foreign Policy team in New York.