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Conclusions: The Spending Pit or the Tax Pendulum?

John Hills

in Inequality and the State

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199276646
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601644 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276641.003.0011
 Conclusions: The Spending Pit or the Tax Pendulum?

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Looks at the policy dilemmas created by these pressures and constraints explored in Ch. 10 in the light of the evidence in the rest of the book. Highlights some parts of the evidence reviewed in earlier parts of the book that may come as a surprise to readers and summarizes its central themes. One of these is whether it is possible for policy-makers to resolve the conflicting pressures of public desires for reduced poverty and inequality, growing demands on social programmes as the population ages, and the constraints imposed by objectives of keeping down taxation. There are few easy ways out, but better public understanding of precisely that may be one of the crucial ingredients of any resolution.

Keywords: ageing; inequality; poverty; public attitudes; public policy; public understanding; spending; taxation

Chapter.  5959 words. 

Subjects: Public Economics

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