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Regressive Taxation and the Welfare State Path Dependence and Policy Diffusion

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ISBN-10: 0521824524

ISBN-13: 9780521824521

Edition: 2003

Authors: Junko Kato

List price: $82.00
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Political economists have viewed large public expenditures as a product of leftist government and the expression of a stronger representation of labor interest. The formation of governments' funding bases is a topic that has not been thoroughly explored, and this book sheds important new light on the issue of taxes and welfare. Beginning with a clarification of the development of postwar tax policies in industrial democracies, Junko Kato finds that the differentiation of tax revenue structure is path dependent upon the shift to regressive taxation. Kato challenges the conventional belief that progressive taxation leads to large public expenditures in mature welfare states.
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Book details

List price: $82.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/1/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 278
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Argument: path dependency and the diffusion of a regressive tax
European variation: Sweden, the United Kingdom, and France
Contrasting paired comparisons in Oceania and North America
Another pattern of path dependence: a comparison between Japan and the newly developing economies
The political foundation of financing the welfare state: a comparative view