Tax Policy

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Addresses the question of how governments raise the monies needed to pay the costs of governing. Twenty-three essays focus on what governments actually do and offer theoretically sophisticated explanations for tax policy decisions. Topics include foundations of tax policy; public opinion and taxation; explaining tax outcomes; tax expenditures and reform; and tax policy in a globalizing world. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Foundations of Tax Policy
1 'Why the Government Budget is too Small in a Democracy' 3
2 'The Political Biases of Keynesian Economics' 26
Pt. II Public Opinion and Taxation
3 'Do People Want Something for Nothing: Public Opinion on Taxes and Government Spending' 51
4 'Ambivalence and Altruism: Public Opinion about Taxation and Welfare' 68
5 'Perceptions of Tax Rates' 93
Pt. III Explaining the Tax Outcomes
6 'The Evolution of Tax Structures' 105
7 'Maximizing Tax Revenue While Minimizing Political Costs' 147
8 'From Redistributive to Hegemonic Logic: The Transformation of American Tax Politics, 1894-1963' 179
9 'Paying for the Welfare State: Creating Political Durability' 231
10 'Business Influence and State Power: The Case of U.S. Corporate Tax Policy' 264
11 'Political Institutions and Tax Policy in the United States, Sweden, and Britain' 299
12 'The Expansion of the Public Economy: A Comparative Analysis' 335
Pt. IV Tax Expenditures
13 'Tax Incentives as a Device for Implementing Government Policy: A Comparison with Direct Government Expenditures' 357
14 'Accounting for Federal "Tax Subsidies" in the National Budget' 391
15 'Federal Income Tax Simplification: The Political Process' 409
16 'The Distribution of Federal Income Tax Expenditures' 460
Pt. V Tax Reform
17 'The Politics of Tax Reform' 485
18 'The Tax Reform Act of 1986: A New Era in Tax Politics?' 492
19 'Public Choice and the Politics of Comprehensive Tax Reform' 512
20 'The Charge of the Tax Brigade: A Case Study of Government Failure and Tax Reforms' 544
Pt. VI Tax Policy in a Globalizing World
21 'International Tax Competition: The Foreign Government Response in Canada and Other Countries 565
22 'The International Political Economy of Declining Tax Rates' 574
23 'The Future of the Income Tax' 579
Name Index
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