Friday, April 29, 2005
William B. Barker (Penn State) has published Expanding the Study of Comparative Tax Law To Promote Democratic Policy: The Example of the Move To Capital Gains Taxation in Post-Apartheid South Africa,109 Penn St. L. Rev. 703 (2005). Here is the abstract:
This research advances a new method of comparative tax law analysis. The paper suggests that comparative analysis must proceed by studying the ideological purpose behind law and legislation, the manner in which legislation tries to achieve these goals, and the manner in which law's interpreters help or hinder the realization of these goals. It develops a stratagem to guide this analysis that focuses the study on certain defining elements in an income tax system that must be critically studied to determine the system's true potential for equal treatment and distributive justice or their opposite. It looks to the example of South Africa, a country which is redefining itself through taxation as a democratic nation. On the basis of this comparison, one can see how the normative approach to comparative law uncovers law's potential for promoting economic equality through taxation.