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Tax Justice and the Political Economy of Global Capitalism, 1945 to the Present

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Tax Justice and the Political Economy of Global Capitalism, 1945 to the Present

Edited by Jeremy Leaman and Attiya Waris

360 pages, 30 figs & 21 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-881-0 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (June 2013)

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“The selling point of this volume is the sustained focus on tax, justice and a whole variety of topical debates, backed up by detailed and thought-provoking research…. Overall, this is an interesting collection of work that would be an excellent addition to any academic library. It is not the final word on this subject, but the aim seems to have been to open up interdisciplinary debates on matters of the highest possible importance. In this, it has certainly been successful.”  ·  Journal of Contemporary European Studies

This is an insightful and intensely relevant collection providing a modern interpretation of political economy’s engagement with questions of tax law… What is clearly needed now, more than ever, is an informed review of the existing literature on political economy—and, in particular, of the significant intellectual accomplishments in this area of the great early and mid-twentieth century writers on global, economic justice. This literature is referenced throughout these essays, and this is very much to be welcomed.”  ·  Ann Mumford, Queen Mary, University of London

This book addresses a topical issue, linking together the question of taxation, justice and development. I am not aware of another book that attempts to covers the topic so comprehensively… The core of the book consists of a good array of strong comparative and theoretical chapters. It is a good book and highly recommended.”  ·  Ronen Palan, University of Birmingham


Tax “justice” has become an increasingly central issue of political debate in many countries, particularly following the cardiac arrest of global financial services in 2008 and the subsequent worldwide slump in trade and production. The evident abuse of tax systems by corporations and rich individuals through tax avoidance schemes and offshore shadow banking is increasingly in the public eye. Above all, the political challenges of recovery and structural reform have raised core issues of burden-sharing and social equity on the agendas of both civil society groups and political elites. Democratic states need tax revenue to fund public goods and combat public “bads” with any degree of legitimacy. The contributions to this book discuss the haphazard evolution of contemporary taxation systems, their contradictory effects in a globalized economy, and the urgency of their reform as a precondition for social justice.

Jeremy Leaman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University. He is co-editor of Journal of Contemporary European Studies and author of several books, including The Bundesbank Myth (Palgrave, 2001) and The Political Economy of Germany under Chancellors Kohl and Schröder: Decline of the German Model? (Berghahn Books, 2009). He is a member of the Tax Justice Network and the EuroMemo Group.

Attiya Waris is Senior Lecturer in the Commercial Law Department at the University of Nairobi and Vice-Chair of the Tax Justice Network. She is consulting editor of the Nairobi University Law Journal and a co-editor of the Journal of Australian Taxation. She has written numerous articles and reports on issues of taxation and taxation law, with particular reference to developing countries, and is author of Tax and Development: Solving Kenya’s Fiscal Crisis through Human Rights (LawAfrica, 2013) and co-author of Bringing the Billions Back: How Africa and Europe Can End Illicit Capital Flight (with Kristina Fröberg, Forum Syd, 2011).

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present


Introduction: Why Tax Justice Matters in Global Economic Development
Jeremy Leaman & Attiya Waris

Part I: Taxation, Tax Culture and Taxation Reform in European Countries

Chapter 1. Dismantling Slasher Osborne: why Britain needs tax reform, not cuts
George Irvin

Chapter 2. Social and Economic Aspects (or Failures) of Tax Policy in Germany
Dieter Eissel

Chapter 3. Tax Reform, Income Inequality and the Welfare State: The Case of Portugal
Miguel Glatzer

Chapter 4. The Fiscal Lessons of the Global Crisis for the European Union: The Destructive Consequences of Tax Competition
Jeremy Leaman

Part II: Taxation, Taxation Policy and Less Developed Economies

Chapter 5. British Government Attitudes to British Tax Havens: An examination of Whitehall responses to the growth of tax havens in British dependent territories from 1967-75
Paul Sagar, Nick Shaxson, John Christensen

Chapter 6. Tax Treaties between Developed and Developing Countries
Alberto Vega

Chapter 7. Taxation and State Legitimacy in Kenya
Attiya Waris

Chapter 8. The Role of Inter-Company Transfers of Intangible Assets in Tax Avoidance Practices in Nigeria
Olatunde Julius Otusanya

Chapter 9. Gender, Poverty and Taxation: An overview of a multi-country study of gender and taxation
Caren Grown  & Imraan Valodia


Chapter 10. Equity, Efficiency and Progressive Taxation
Paolo Ermano

Chaper 11. Comprehensive lifetime taxation of international citizens: A solution to tax avoidance, tax competition, and tax unfairness
Doug Bamford

Chapter 12. Tax Justice through Country-by-Country Reporting: An Analysis of the Idea’s Political Journey
Dries Lesage & Yusuf Kaçar

Chapter 13. International Taxes – Why, What and How?
Margit Schratzenstaller

Notes on Contributors

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