Lucy Barnes is Lecturer in Quantitative Politics at the University of Kent, having previously held postdoctoral positions at Nuffield College, Oxford and Trinity College, Dublin. She received her PhD in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.
Lucy’s research focuses on the comparative political economy of advanced industrial democracies, with particular attention to the politics of taxation as both redistributive instrument and fiscal policy lever. This work spans experimental, statistical, comparative and historical approaches to both individual-level preferences and national policy outcomes. Her recent publications include pieces in the Socioeconomic Review, Political Studies, and major university presses. Lucy is currently working on a number of experiments investigating attitudes towards taxation and fiscal policy; a book project on the politics of progressive taxation in comparative context; and on the redistributive and fiscal politics of the recent financial crisis and ongoing Great Recession.