International Tax Policy: Between Competition and Cooperation (Introduction)
International Tax Policy, Cambridge University Press
11 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2018 Last revised: 22 May 2020
Date Written: August 1, 2018
“International Tax Policy: Between Competition and Cooperation” argues against the conventional support of multilateral co-operation in favour of structured competition as a way to promote both justice and efficiency in international tax policy. The book analyses international taxation as a decentralised market, where governments have increasingly become strategic actors. While many of the challenges of the current international tax regime derive from this decentralised competitive structure, it argues that curtailing competition through centralisation is not necessarily the answer. Conversely, competition – if properly calibrated and notwithstanding its dubious reputation – is conducive, rather than detrimental, to both efficiency and global justice. “International Tax Policy” begins with the basic normative goals of income taxation in the domestic setting, explaining how competition transforms them and analysing the strategic game states play on the bilateral and multilateral level. It then considers the costs and benefits of co-operation and competition in terms of efficiency and justice.
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