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Politics, Economics, Class, and Taxation

Kenneth Newton and Maria A. Confalonieri

in The Scope of Government

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294740
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598838 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294743.003.0006

Series: Beliefs in Government

 Politics, Economics, Class, and Taxation

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Examines the economic, political, and social bases of public support for, and opposition to, the tax regimes of Western Europe, finding that the political basis outweighs the other two. The chapter concentrates on the issue of progressive income tax and the related matter of income redistribution. Both progressive taxation and income redistribution are important principles of modern taxation systems and their underlying goals of equality and opportunity. Taxes are often a central issue in modern election campaigns. Most citizens pay income taxes, and most have clear and strong views about them. For these reasons, these two principles are important topics for political science research and are well suited to the surveys of mass opinion.

Keywords: income tax; progressive taxation; taxation policy; Western Europe

Chapter.  5745 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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