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Financing the Developmental State: Tax and Revenue Issues


  • Alice Sindzingre


Asian developmental states do not rely on high levels of taxation. Their key features are the capacity to commit and intervene credibly in the form of policies directed towards growth rather than taxation. These features are often lacking in sub-Saharan Africa where the problem is compounded by three main constraints that prevent taxation from financing African states in a developmental way: their dependence on commodities, the effects of trade liberalisation, and the impact of aid, which provides incentives that may undermine the tax structures and key institutions of recipient countries. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Alice Sindzingre, 2007. "Financing the Developmental State: Tax and Revenue Issues," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 25(5), pages 615-632, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:25:y:2007:i:5:p:615-632

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    1. Lovisa Moller, 2016. "Tax revenue implications of trade liberalization in low-income countries," WIDER Working Paper Series 173, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    2. James Scott, 2012. "Squeezing the state: tariff revenue, state capacity and the WTO’s Doha Round," Global Development Institute Working Paper Series 16912, GDI, The University of Manchester.

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