Regressive taxation and the welfare state : path dependence and policy diffusion / Junko Kato
- Kato, Junko, 1961-
- Additional Titles:
- Regressive Taxation & the Welfare State
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (xi, 260 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
- Cambridge studies in comparative politics
- Argument: path dependency and the diffusion of a regressive tax -- European variation: Sweden, the United Kingdom, and France -- Contrasting paired comparisons in Oceania and North America -- Another pattern of path dependence: a comparison between Japan and the newly developing economies -- The political foundation of financing the welfare state: a comparative view.
- Government size has attracted much scholarly attention. Political economists have considered large public expenditures a product of leftist rule and an expression of a stronger representation of labour interest. Although the size of the government has become the most important policy difference between the left and right in post-war politics, the formation of the government's funding base is also important. Junko Kato finds that the differentiation of tax revenue structure is path dependent upon the shift to regressive taxation. Since the 1980s, the institutionalisation of effective revenue raising by regressive taxes during periods of high growth has ensured resistance to welfare state backlash during budget deficits and consolidated the diversification of state funding capacity among industrial democracies. This book challenges the conventional wisdom that progressive taxation goes hand-in-hand with large public expenditures in mature welfare states and qualifies the partisan centred explanation that dominates the welfare state literature.
- 9780511510212 (ebook), 9780521824521 (hardback), and 9780521153546 (paperback)
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