The new fiscal sociology: Taxation in comparative and historical perspective

Isaac William Martin, Ajay K. Mehrotra, Monica Prasad

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe New Fiscal Sociology Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages1-313
Number of pages313
ISBN (Electronic)9780511627071
ISBN (Print)9780521494274
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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