Making People Pay: The Economic Sociology of Taxation

Making People Pay: The Economic Sociology of Taxation

by Sibichen K. Mathew


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I have enjoyed reading this book. This is a wide-ranging, scholarly, yet very readable volume focused on intriguing question of why (or why not) people pay taxes. Mathews focus of the research includes experiences drawn from other times and many countries thus making clear that the tendency of trying to evade the tax collector is universal in time and space. Anyone interested in direct taxation, particularly income taxation in developing countries, is likely to find this work highly valuable.

-Larry Schroeder
Professor of Public Administration
Maxwell School of Public Policy, Syracuse University, New York

The eminently readable Making People Pay by Sibichen Mathew is a great intellectual effort. I must congratulate him for this scholarly work. It has its own wry humor of the tax-man. The book amply rewards the reader.

-M.N. Venkatachaliah
Former Chief Justice of India

Very innovative approach. Easily comprehensible presentation of the subject. Very useful book for any one who is interested to know about the sociology of public finance.

-Shyamal Roy
Professor of Economics and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

This book stands out for its contents that delve on aspects that are not captured in any other tax literature so far. A methodical approach and systematic study appears to have culminated into this book. The book is unique in its style and presentation. This book provides valuable insights for researchers, policy makers, enforcers, professionals and taxpayers.

-T N Manoharan
(Past President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and
Winner of the Business Leadership Award from NDTV-Profit)

The author has given a very objective presentation of the entire gamut of tax evasion and tax enforcement with a global perspective. Book is rich in both theoretical analysis and empirical back up. Innovative approach and methodology.

-TK Oommen
Professor Emeritus, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and recipient of Padma Bhushan
Past President International Sociological Association

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482801491
Publisher: Partridge Publishing India
Publication date: 08/14/2013
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Dr Sibichen K Mathew belongs to the 1992 batch of the Indian Revenue Service and currently work as the Commissioner of Income Tax. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). After securing First Rank and Gold Medal for Post Graduate Examination in Sociology from University of Kerala, he completed his MPhil in Social Systems and environmental movements from Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU) and PhD in Fiscal Sociology from Bharathiar University. He was a college topper and university rank holder in LLB from Karnataka State Law University. He secured an A Grade in the two-year Post Graduation in Public Policy and Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. He has completed a course on International Public Policy at Maxwell School of Public Policy, Syracuse University and a course of Corporate Taxation and Advocacy Skills at Duke University, United States. He was a recipient of gold medals from the National Police Academy and National Academy of Direct Taxes, India. He is a blogger and leadership trainer. His areas of interest include Corporate Governance, White Collar Crimes and Cyber Sociology. His latest book When the Boss is Wrong: Making and Unmaking of Leader within You has been a best seller.
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