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Wilson Prichard

Associate Professor, Master of Global Affairs
Associate Professor, Political Science
Research Director, International Centre for Tax and Development




315 Bloor Street West, room 212




Wilson Prichard is an Associate Professor jointly appointed to the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.  is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and is the Research Director of International Center for Tax and Development.  He holds a PhD and MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies, and a BA from Harvard University.  His broad research focus is in international development, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa, and he has an interdisciplinary background in comparative politics, international political economy and economics. His current research explores the political foundations of development, with a focus on the differential implications of taxation, resource wealth, and foreign aid for development outcomes, particularly in post-conflict settings. His book manuscript Taxation, Responsiveness and Accountability:  The Dynamics of Tax Bargaining in Sub-Saharan Africa is currently under review; he is co-authoring a second book titled Taxing Africa; and other publications have appeared in the Journal of Development Studies and International Review of Administrative Sciences along with several additional working papers and chapters in edited volumes. He works closely with civil society organizations, national governments, regional organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, and international agencies and institutions, including the World Bank, IMF, OECD, the UN, and various aid agencies.


International Development, Sub-Sahara Africa
Comparative politics, International Political Economy, and Economics
Taxation, Government Revenues, State Building and Accountability
Aid Reform
Tax Havens and International Tax Reform
Political Foundations of  Development


Sh. D – University of Sussex, UK, (2010)

M.Phil  – University of Sussex, UK, (2006)

B.A – Honours, Harvard University (2003)


50th Anniversary Commonwealth Scholarship, 2007-2010
Centre for the Future, State Fellowship to attend Arizona State University Institute on Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research, 2008
Centre for International Development Fellowship, Harvard University, 2002
Radcliffe College Fellowship, Harvard University, 2001

Selected Publications

Joshi, Anuradha, Wilson Prichard and Chris Heady, (forthcoming) “Taxing the Informal Sector: A Review of the Literature” Journal of Development Studies

Hassan, Mirza and Wilson Prichard (2013) “The Political Economy of Tax Reform in Bangladesh: Political Settlements, Informal Institutions and the Negotiation of Reform,” ICTD Working Paper.  Brighton: Institute of Development Studies. In press.

Jibao, Samuel and Wilson Prichard (2013) “The Political Economy of Property Tax Reform in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone:  Lessons and Opportunities” ICTD Working Paper.  Brighton: Institute of Development Studies.

Prichard, Wilson (2010), “Taxation and State Building: Towards a Governance Focused Tax Reform Agenda” IDS Working Paper 341, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies

Prichard, Wilson and David Leonard (2010), “Does Reliance on Tax Revenue Build State Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa?” International Review of Administrative Sciences 76(4): 653-675


Government and Politics in Africa
The Political Foundations of Development: Elites, Revenue, Conflict and Aid
Global Public Policy Analysis
Development Policy and Change

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