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The Labour Party and Taxation
Party Identity and Political Purpose in Twentieth-Century Britain

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  • Date Published: April 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521026291

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  • This is a political history of Labour's use of the tax system from 1906 to 1979; an epilogue brings the story up to the present, surveying New Labour's tax policies and dilemmas. Richard Whiting's lucid and readable study examines how Labour used taxation to further its political aims: to fund welfare, manage the economy, promote fairness and achieve greater equality. This study sheds new light on Labour's history, and is a valuable contribution to understanding both the tax structure and the politics of twentieth-century Britain more generally.

    • Analyses the nature of political debate about taxation
    • Shows the limits of the Labour Party's ability to achieve a more equal society through taxation
    • Assesses the ability and standing of key figures in the Labour movement
    • Delineates the problems caused by the political role of the trade unions
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    • Date Published: April 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521026291
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.472kg
    • contains: 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction: taxation and political debate
    1. Struggles within a liberal inheritance, 1906–40
    2. The changing balance of tax interests, 1940–54
    3. The Kaldor era, 1951–65
    4. Social democracy examined, 1965–70
    5. Defensive positions 1970–9
    6. Epilogue: New Labour, old problems?
    7. Conclusion
    Select bibliography
    Index.

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    Richard Whiting, University of Leeds
    Richard Whiting is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Leeds.

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