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The Fiscalization of Social Policy – How Taxpayers Trumped Children in the Fight Against Child Poverty - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Fiscalization of Social Policy: How Taxpayers Trumped Children in the Fight Against Child Poverty

Joshua T. McCabe


This book challenges the conventional wisdom on American exceptionalism, offering the first and only comparative analysis of the politics of child and in-work tax credits. This comparative approach, analyzing the US, Canada, and the UK, upends everything we thought we knew about the politics of tax credits, accounting for both the timing of their development and the distribution of their benefits among families across liberal welfare regimes. Rather than attributing these changes to antiwelfare attitudes, mobilization of conservative forces, shifts toward workfare, or racial antagonism, the bo ... More

Keywords: taxation, tax credit, welfare state, social policy, American exceptionalism, child poverty, welfare reform, family allowances, austerity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190841300
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190841300.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua T. McCabe, author
Freedom Project Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, Wellesley College

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