Paul L. Caron

Friday, September 18, 2009

The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective

The New Fiscal Sociology Cambridge University Press has published The New Fiscal Sociology:  Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective, edited by Isaac William Martin (University of California-San Diego, Department of Sociology), Ajay K. Mehrotra (Indiana University-Bloomington, School of Law) & Monica Prasad (Northwestern University, Department of Sociology):

The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective demonstrates that the study of taxation can illuminate fundamental dynamics of modern societies. The sixteen essays in this collection offer a state-of-the-art survey of the new fiscal sociology that is emerging at the intersection of sociology, history, political science, and law. The contributors include some of the foremost comparative historical scholars in these disciplines and others. They approach the institution of taxation as a window onto the changing social contract. Their chapters address the social and historical sources of tax policy, the problem of how taxes persist, and the social and cultural consequences of taxation. They trace fundamental connections between tax institutions and macrohistorical phenomena – wars, shifting racial boundaries, religious traditions, gender regimes, labor systems, and more.

Table of Contents:

  • Ch. 1:  The Thunder of History, by Isaac William Martin, Ajay K. Mehrotra & Monica Prasad
  • Ch. 2:  "The Unfair Advantage of the Few," by Joseph J. Thorndike
  • Ch. 3:  What Americans Think of Taxes, by Andrea Louise Campbell
  • Ch. 4:  Read Their Lips, by Fred Block
  • Ch. 5:  Making Taxes the Life of the Party, by Christopher Howard
  • Ch. 6:  The Politics of Demanding Sacrifice, by Evan S. Lieberman
  • Ch. 7:  The End of the Strong State, by Eisaku Ide & Sven Steinmo
  • Ch. 8:  War and Taxation, by Naomi Feldman & Joel Slemrod
  • Ch. 9:  Liberty, Democracy, and Capacity, by Robin L. Einhorn
  • Ch. 10:  Extraction and Democracy, by Charles Tilly
  • Ch. 11:  Improving Tax Administration in Contemporary African States, by Edgar Kiser & Audrey Sacks
  • Ch. 12:  Adam Smith and the Search for an Ideal Tax System, by Beverly Moran
  • Ch. 13:  Where's the Sex in Fiscal Sociology?, by Edward McCaffery
  • Ch. 14:  The Shoup Mission to Japan, by W. Elliot Brownlee
  • Epilogue: A Renaissance for Fiscal Sociology, by John L. Campbell

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