Description - Representation through Taxation by Scott Gehlbach
Social scientists teach that politicians favor groups that are organized over those that are not. Representation through Taxation challenges this conventional wisdom. Emphasizing that there are limits to what organized interests can credibly promise in return for favorable treatment, Gehlbach shows that politicians may instead give preference to groups - organized or not. Gehlbach develops this argument in the context of the postcommunist experience, focusing on the incentive of politicians to promote sectors that are naturally more tax compliant, regardless of their organization. In the former Soviet Union, tax systems were structured around familiar revenue sources, magnifying this incentive and helping to prejudice policy against new private enterprise. In Eastern Europe, in contrast, tax systems were created to cast the revenue net more widely, encouraging politicians to provide the collective goods necessary for new firms to flourish.
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Author Biography - Scott Gehlbach
Scott Gehlbach (Ph.D. in political science and economics, UC Berkeley, 2003) is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation on the political economy of taxation in postcommunist states, upon which this book is ultimately based, won the Mancur Olson Award for the best dissertation in the field of political economy. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Economics and Politics, and Rationality and Society. He is a research associate of CEFIR in Moscow, where he is spending the 2007-2008 academic year as a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellow, and is a recent recipient of an SSRC Eurasia Program Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.