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Martin Hearson

Research Fellow

Martin’s research focuses on the politics of international business taxation, and in particular the relationship between developed and developing countries.

He uses field interviews, archival documentation and novel datasets to study how international tax agreements are negotiated. Before joining the International Centre for Tax and Development, Martin was a fellow in international political economy at the London School of Economics, teaching courses on political economy and global financial governance. He spent a decade working in the charity sector, and continues to collaborate with development NGOs and intergovernmental organisations in much of his research. He leads the ICTD’s research programme on international taxation.

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IDS China Centre

The IDS China Centre, part of the IDS International Initiatives, provides research focus on a country transforming global geopolitics due to its strategic importance, role in the global south and its commitment to development. It recognises that tackling universal challenges such as climate...


International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD)

The International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD) provides research evidence that supports developing countries in raising domestic revenues equitably and sustainably, in a manner that is conducive to pro-poor economic growth and good governance.




Using New Data to Support Tax Treaty Negotiation

This paper introduces the new Tax Treaties Explorer dataset, developed with support from the World Bank and the G-24, and illustrates its use for research by tax treaty negotiators, policy makers, and researchers. The new dataset provides a rich source of data to reexamine existing tax treaty...

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Martin Hearson & 2 others

13 July 2021

Journal Article

The New Politics of Global Tax Governance: Taking Stock a Decade After the Financial Crisis

Review of International Political Economy

The financial crisis of 2007–2009 is now broadly recognised as a once-in-a-generation inflection point in the history of global economic governance. It has also prompted a reconsideration of established paradigms in international political economy (IPE) scholarship. Developments in global tax...

Rasmus Corlin Christensen

17 July 2019

Martin Hearson’s recent work



The Governance research cluster works across a number of thematic areas that are focused on ensuring citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities. Our work critically examines public authority and the institutions, networks and politics that shape it....