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The Leap of Faith: The Fiscal Foundations of Successful Government in Europe and America

Sven H. Steinmo


This book examines the evolution of the relationship between taxpayers and their states in Sweden, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Romania, and asks why tax compliance is so much higher in some countries than others. The book shows that successful states have built strong administrative capacities, tax citizens fairly and equitably, and deliver public services that are tangible to taxpayers. The main substantive chapters explore the history of a particular country demonstrating how and why these capacities were developed (or not). The book is part of a larger project entitled ... More

Keywords: tax compliance, Sweden, United States, Britain, Romania, Italy, tax evasion, fairness, developing countries, tax policies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796817
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796817.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sven H. Steinmo, editor
Research Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), the European University Institute

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Part I Introduction

1 Introduction

Sven H. Steinmo

Part II Sweden

2 Getting to Sweden

Marina Nistotskaya and Michelle D’Arcy

Part III Italy

Part IV United Kingdom

6 Creating Consent

Martin Daunton

Part V United States

Part VI Romania

Part VII Conclusion

12 Taxation and Consent

Marcelo Bergman and Sven H. Steinmo