Worlds of Taxation

The Political Economy of Taxing, Spending, and Redistribution Since 1945

  • Gisela Huerlimann
  • W. Elliot Brownlee
  • Eisaku Ide

Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Finance book series (PSHF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Gisela Huerlimann, W. Elliot Brownlee, Eisaku Ide
    Pages 1-16
  3. Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Cathie Jo Martin
    Pages 17-48
  4. Shintaro Kurachi
    Pages 99-129
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 349-357

About this book


This book provides a historical understanding of current debates over tax reform and offers a comparative framework for discussing the relationship between fiscal policy and the distribution of income and wealth. Topics covered include the evolution of income taxation since World War II; the turn toward value added taxation; the relationship between tax reform and the construction of welfare states; the impact of globalization on tax and fiscal policy; the social forces shaping tax consent; and the political economy of tax and fiscal reform. These topics are covered in case studies that focus on significant episodes in the fiscal history of Denmark, Sweden, France, Greece, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and Japan.



Public spending Tax policy Financial crisis Public investment Inequality Wealth Income distribution Welfare state Public debt Social integration 20th Century 21st Century

Editors and affiliations

  • Gisela Huerlimann
    • 1
  • W. Elliot Brownlee
    • 2
  • Eisaku Ide
    • 3
  1. 1.ETH Zurich Institute of HistoryZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CAUSA
  3. 3.Keio UniversityTokyoJapan

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