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Customs and ExciseTrade, Production, and Consumption in England 1640-1845$
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William J. Ashworth

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199259212.001.0001

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‘Simplicity, Uniformity, and Perspicuity’

‘Simplicity, Uniformity, and Perspicuity’

(p.358) Chapter Nineteen ‘Simplicity, Uniformity, and Perspicuity’
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This chapter shows how tax reform was a process that began half a century earlier, with the gradual modelling of the state's administrative structure along the lines of the excise, and the gradual removal of the sinecures and placement that characterized ‘Old Corruption’. Actual tax reform also needed to be presented and seen in the clothes of a new and fairer state, which required the creation of legitimacy via retrenchment and construction of norms of probity and transparency in the management of state finances.

Keywords:   accountability, state, taxation, tax reform

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