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Just Taxes The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914-1979

by Martin (University of Cambridge) Daunton

Just Taxes The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914-1979 Synopsis

In 1914, taxation was about 10 per cent of GNP; by 1979, taxes had risen to almost half of the total national income, and contributed to the rise of Thatcher. Martin Daunton continues the story begun in Trusting Leviathan, offering an analysis of the politics of acceptance of huge tax rises after the First World War and asks why it did not provoke the same levels of discontent in Britain as it did on the continent. He further questions why acceptance gave way to hostility at the end of this period. Daunton views taxes as the central driving force for equity or efficiency. As such he provides a detailed discussion of their potential in providing revenue for the state, and their use in shaping the social structure and influencing economic growth. Just Taxes places taxation in its proper place, at the centre of modern British history.

Just Taxes The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914-1979 Press Reviews

'Daunton's fine study ... makes an important contribution to understanding the background to the political economy of Thatcherism.' Roger Middleton, The Times Higher Education Supplement 'Just Taxes is a book rich in detail and argument that requires careful reading: Daunton's lucid writing makes that possible.' Juliet Gardiner, History Today '... an effective and sobering account ... a very important and surprisingly accessible book, in which Daunton explains complex issues very well.' Andrew Thorpe, History 'Just Taxes: The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1914-1979 is a pioneering, uncompromisingly high-minded survey that, in conjunction with its predecessor volume Trusting Leviathan: The Politics of Taxation in Britain, 1799-1914 goes a long way towards fulfilling Daunton's aim of at last placing taxation squarely at the centre of modern British history.' The Times Literary Supplement 'This is a book worth buying ...' The Economic History Review '... a great achievement in terms of scholarship and lively interpretation ... should indeed inform contemporary debates on teh impact of national taxation.' Parliaments, Estates and Representation 'Daunton has drawn upon a wide range of archival and printed sources to produce a coherent and accessible account of a complex subject ... Just taxes is as important for the study of British history in the twentieth century as trusting Leviathan is for the nineteenth.' The Historical Journal ...a huge achievement in drawing together a mass of empirical material from a wide variety of sources...and building a technically authoritative and accessible narrative of the history of British taxation in all its incoherent complexity. With this study Professor Daunton has completed a monumental study of the British tax system which will be an authoritative guide, a source of new questions, and a stimulus of future research for many years to come. Ewen A. Cameron, University of Edinburgh, Canadian Journal of History ...a remarkable achievement. Neil Rollings, University of Glasgow, Albion

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521814003
Publication date: 17th October 2002
Author: Martin (University of Cambridge) Daunton
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 424 pages
Categories: 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, Economic history, Political economy,

About Martin (University of Cambridge) Daunton

MARTIN DAUNTON, FBA, is Fellow of Churchill College and Professor of Economic History in the University of Cambridge.

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