Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged

Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged

by Katherine S. Newman, Rourke L. O'Brien
     
 

"New South? Not really. A compelling demonstration that the South's regressive taxation wreaks so much havoc that the federal government has no choice but to swoop in at great cost and attempt to band-aid all the poverty and dysfunction. The best argument yet for a new federalism that says enough is enough."—David B. Grusky, Stanford University

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"New South? Not really. A compelling demonstration that the South's regressive taxation wreaks so much havoc that the federal government has no choice but to swoop in at great cost and attempt to band-aid all the poverty and dysfunction. The best argument yet for a new federalism that says enough is enough."—David B. Grusky, Stanford University

"Taxing the Poor makes extremely important points that are not now—but must be—part of the American discussion of poverty and social policy. The authors make these points with fascinating details on the history of how we got to this place. Bravo to Newman and O'Brien for thoroughly laying out a politcal economy of taxation."—Robin Einhorn, author of American Taxation, American Slavery

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520269668
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/27/2011
Series:
Wildavsky Forum Series
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. The Evolution of Southern Tax Structures
2. Barriers to Change: Inertia, Supermajorities, and Constitutional Amendments
3. The Geography of Poverty
4. Tax Traps and Regional Poverty Regimes
5. The Bottom Line
Conclusion: Are We Our Brothers' Keepers?

Appendix I. How Many Lags of X? by Scott M. Lynch
Appendix II. Tables
Notes
Index

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