Paying for the Welfare State in the 21st Century

Tax and Spending in Post-Industrial Societies

David Byrne and Sally Ruane

Paying for the Welfare State in the 21st Century

David Byrne and Sally Ruane

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

136 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781447336532 Will Publish August 2017 For sale in North and South America only
As governments around the world embrace austerity, one of the key arguments they use is that the welfare state is unaffordable. Paying for the Welfare State in the 21st Century shows that argument to be specious, relating current debates about taxation and welfare to a deeper understanding, informed by political economy, of the relationship between taxation and spending on social services. Only by understanding the critical functions of welfare in post-industrial society can we legitimately consider what levels of taxation and support are reasonable.
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Nick Ellison, University of York
"Fiscal crisis, class, . . . and taxation. This very welcome book provides a clear analysis of the class-based nature of tax systems in post-industrial capitalism."
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