Robin Harding

Professor of Politics, DPIR
Gillian Peele Fellow in Politics, Lady Margaret Hall
Government and Politics Network
Lady Margaret Hall

I am a Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. I am also the Gillian Peele Fellow in Politics at Lady Margaret Hall.

My research interests are broadly centred on the relationship between political institutions and public policy outcomes, in areas such as education, healthcare, and the environment. Within this, my current work focuses primarily on three broad themes:

  1. the provision of public goods and services,
  2. electoral accountability, and in particular how it is affected by policy attribution
  3. political violence and state capacity. 

My research has been published in journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and World Politics. My book Rural Democracy: Elections and Development in Africa was published by Oxford University Press in 2020.

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Book cover
Rural Democracy: Elections and Development in Africa
Oxford University Press (2020)