The rise of democratic institutions has been a rare phenomenon in history. Debates on the levying of taxes was related to the rise of democracy. States that relied strongly upon autonomous sources of revenue (such as oil) circumvented the interaction with its inhabitants, and thus by avoiding the imposition of taxes, its rulers did not need to think about political participation from below. This interrelationship exists throughout history, in all continents of the world.
|Translated title of the contribution||Why taxes are good for democracy: State formation and political culture in world historical perspective|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publisher||VU University Press|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 15 May 2014|
- State Formation, Global History, Democracy, Political Culture, Taxation