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Richard Murphy - Author

About the Author

Richard Murphy is a UK chartered accountant. He was senior partner of a practicing firm and director of a number of entrepreneurial companies before becoming one of the founders of the Tax Justice Network in 2002. He now directs Tax Research UK and writes, broadcasts and blogs extensively, the latter at https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/. Richard created the country-by-country reporting concept and has been credited with creating much of the debate on tax gaps in the UK and Europe. He also defined the term 'secrecy jurisdictions', now widely used in debates on offshore. Richard has been a visiting or research fellow at a number of UK universities and is joint author of Tax Havens, The True Story of Globalisation, Cornell University Press 2010 and sole author of The Courageous State, Searching Finance, 2011.

Featured books by Richard Murphy

The Joy of Tax

The Joy of Tax

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Tax has been around for a long time. Almost no one gives it a good press and they never have. And yet, this is the subject that is at the very heart of politics the world over. There is, though, another truth: that we really like what tax pays for. In fact, we like it so much that we have almost always been happy for our government to spend more than it raises from us in tax. 2008 apparently changed all that. The issue of debt, deficits, cuts and austerity now dominates the political agenda. In fact, absolutely any aspect of the government's finances and how to rearrange them in a seemingly forlorn hope of balancing the state's books is discussed, except for tax. That, it seems, is off limits. The one thing that is never mentioned is how tax can solve our problems. In this book, campaigner Richard Murphy will challenge almost every idea you have about tax. For him, tax is fundamentally about ideas, not technicalities, and his intention is to make clear that there is a joy in tax and it is one of the most important issues in our world today.

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Other books by Richard Murphy

Literature, Culture, Theory Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

Literature, Culture, Theory Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/04/1999

In Modernism, Expressionism and Theories of the Avant Garde, Richard Murphy mobilises theories of the postmodern to challenge our understanding of the avant-garde. He assesses the importance of the avant-garde for contemporary culture and for the debates among theorists of postmodernism such as Jameson, Eagleton, Lyotard and Habermas. Murphy reconsiders the classic formulation of the avant-garde in Lukacs and Bloch, especially their discussion of aesthetic autonomy, and investigates the relationship between art and politics via a discussion of Marcuse, Adorno and Benjamin. Combining close textual readings of a wide range of films as well as works of literature, it draws on a rich array of critical theories, such as those of Bakhtin, Todorov, MacCabe, Belsey and Raymond Williams. This interdisciplinary project will appeal to all those interested in modernist and avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century, and provides a critical rethinking of the present-day controversy regarding postmodernity.

Literature, Culture, Theory Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

Literature, Culture, Theory Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/1999

In Modernism, Expressionism and Theories of the Avant Garde, Richard Murphy mobilises theories of the postmodern to challenge our understanding of the avant-garde. He assesses the importance of the avant-garde for contemporary culture and for the debates among theorists of postmodernism such as Jameson, Eagleton, Lyotard and Habermas. Murphy reconsiders the classic formulation of the avant-garde in Lukacs and Bloch, especially their discussion of aesthetic autonomy, and investigates the relationship between art and politics via a discussion of Marcuse, Adorno and Benjamin. Combining close textual readings of a wide range of films as well as works of literature, it draws on a rich array of critical theories, such as those of Bakhtin, Todorov, MacCabe, Belsey and Raymond Williams. This interdisciplinary project will appeal to all those interested in modernist and avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century, and provides a critical rethinking of the present-day controversy regarding postmodernity.

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