Taxing Reforms: The Politics of the Consumption Tax in Japan, the United States, Canada and Australia

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Edward Elgar Publishing, Jan 1, 2007 - Business & Economics - 202 pages
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'Taxing Reforms is a good short book about the comparative policies of Value Added Taxation (VAT) in Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States. . . Taxing Reforms is a fine book, well worth reading, especially for specialists in the comparative political economy of taxation. . . its richly detailed case studies will make it a fruitful source of comparative hypotheses.'
- Isaac W. Martin, Journal of Economic Literature
  

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Contents

Ideas institutions and the politics of taxation reform
15
The rise and proliferation of VATs
41
The 30 year problem the Australian GST
66
Mulroneys lament the politics of the Canadian GST
88
The reform limits of the developmental state the politics of the consumption tax in Japan
114
Consumption taxes and US fiscal exceptionalism
139
Conclusion
173
Index
189
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