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Social Policy Review 26Analysis and debate in social policy, 2014$
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Kevin Farnsworth, Zoë Irving, and Menno Fenger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315568

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315568.001.0001

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The political economy of taxation in the 21st-century UK

The political economy of taxation in the 21st-century UK

Chapter:
(p.65) Four The political economy of taxation in the 21st-century UK
Source:
Social Policy Review 26
Author(s):

Sally Ruane

David Byrne

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447315568.003.0004

In Chapter Four, on UK taxation, David Byrne and Sally Ruane switch the focus towards paying for welfare. They argue that it is increasingly important, against the backdrop of economic crisis, rising inequality and austerity, to focus on how we pay for welfare services, and what impact that has on citizens. They map out the different forms of taxation in the UK and their different effects on various groups, most notably the redistribution of the tax burden away from the most wealthy and private corporations towards lower-income groups. What is needed, they argue, is comprehensive reform of the tax system. This, they illustrate, is as important to welfare outcomes as are the services to which much social policy analysis is directed.

Keywords:   taxation, welfare, services, wealthy, private corporations, redistribution, lower-income groups

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