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Redistributive Taxation in the Era of Globalization

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  • Gottschalk, Silke
  • Peters, Wolfgang
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    This paper analyzes the impact globalization has on voting for redistributive policies in an increasingly integrated world. It explains why tax competition has so far not led to a significant decline in redistributive taxation. The voting process is considered for the two alternatives of direct democracy and representative democracy. In both regimes, globalization pushes down the scope for redistribution, but this effect is mitigated with political representation, since the electorate votes strategically for a slightly more "left-wing" politician with stronger preferences for redistribution. Moreover, voting polarizes twice, with respect to governments' preferences for redistribution and to equilibrium tax rates. Copyright 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal International Tax and Public Finance.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 4 (August)
    Pages: 453-68

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:itaxpf:v:10:y:2003:i:4:p:453-68

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    1. Haufler, Andreas & Klemm, Alexander & Schjelderup, Guttorm, 2008. "Redistributive taxation, multinational enterprises, and economic integration," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 24(1), pages 249-255, March.
    2. Andreas Haufler & Alexander Klemm & Guttorm Schjelderup, 2006. "Economic Integration and Redistributive Taxation: A Simple Model with Ambiguous Results," CESifo Working Paper Series 1853, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Haufler, Andreas & Klemm, Alexander & Schejederup, Guttorm, 2006. "Economic integration and redistribuitive taxation," Discussion Papers in Economics 912, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
    4. Leon Bettendorf & Joeri Gorter & Albert van der Horst, 2006. "Who benefits from tax competition in the European Union?," CPB Document 125, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.

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