Just Taxes: The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914-1979

Just Taxes: The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914-1979

by Martin Daunton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521814006

ISBN-13: 9780521814003

Pub. Date: 11/01/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This original work explores the politics of British taxation in the twentieth century. By 1979, taxes were taken from almost half of the total national income, and contributed to the political rise of Margaret Thatcher. But the level of taxation had risen from 10% in 1914 to about 25% between the wars, without provoking serious discontent (as in other European…  See more details below

Overview

This original work explores the politics of British taxation in the twentieth century. By 1979, taxes were taken from almost half of the total national income, and contributed to the political rise of Margaret Thatcher. But the level of taxation had risen from 10% in 1914 to about 25% between the wars, without provoking serious discontent (as in other European countries). It also grew again during the Second World War. This study explores the reasons that the earlier tax increases were accepted, and not those of 1979.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521814003
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2002
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures; List of tables; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. The taxing state: an introduction; 2. 'The limits of our taxable capacity': war finance, 1914–1918; 3. 'This hideous war memorial': debt and taxation, 1918–1925; 4. 'Adjusting the particular turns of the different screws': reforming the income tax, 1920–1929; 5. 'The great conflict of modern politics': redistribution, depression and appeasement, 1929–1939; 6. 'The exigency of war': taxation and the Second World War, 1939–1945; 7. 'The mortal blows of taxation': Labour and reconstruction, 1945–1951; 8. 'A most injurious disincentive in our economic system': Conservatives and taxation, 1951–1964; 9. 'Modern and dynamic economic policy': Labour and taxation, 1951–1970; 10. Rethinking taxation policy: from an opportunity state to an enterprise society, 1964–1979; 11. 'Highly defensible ramparts': the politics of local taxation; 12. Conclusion; Appendix: chancellors of the Exchequer and prime ministers, 1908–1983; Bibliography; Index.

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