Pia Raffler


Pia Raffler is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Yale University. Her work lies at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy. Pia studies the politics of development, focusing on governance, bureaucracy, and electoral politics in Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular Uganda. She is interested in how theories on democratic political accountability travel to settings where many of their core assumptions – informed voters, political checks and balances, and a Weberian bureaucracy are not met. Her dissertation research focuses on political oversight of bureaucrats and implications for public service provision in local governments in developing states. She uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to measure causal relationships and disentangle the underlying mechanisms. During her time at both the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Pia will work on turning her dissertation into a book and continue working on three extensions, each focusing on a different link in the accountability cycle: candidate selection, retrospective voting, and direct accountability. Pia holds an M.A. and M.Phil. from Yale University and a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University.

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