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Coercion, Reform and Development. African Arguments
Taxation has been seen as the domain
of charisma-free accountants, lawyers and number crunchers - an unlikely place
to encounter big societal questions about democracy, equity or good governance.
Yet it is exactly these issues that pervade conversations about taxation among
policymakers, tax collectors, civil society activists, journalists and foreign aid
donors in Africa today. Tax has become viewed as central to African
Written by leading international
experts, Taxing Africa offers a cutting-edge analysis on all
aspects of the continent's tax regime, displaying the crucial role such
arrangements have on attempts to create social justice and push economic
advancement. From tax evasion by multinational corporations and African elites
to how ordinary people navigate complex webs of `informal' local taxation, the
book examines the potential for reform, and how space might be created for enabling
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What Reviewers Are Saying
`This incisive book, by well-known tax and development experts, reveals the successes and failures, challenges and opportunities of taxation in Africa. Recommended reading for every finance and treasury official in Africa and beyond.'
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former Managing Director of the World Bank, and Former Finance Minister for Nigeria
`Taxation remains at the heart of the expression of sovereignty. Too many post-colonial states have ignored this function and consequently lost the ability to shape policy. Taxing Africa refocuses the debate, one as much about the quality of democracy as it is about the rates of taxation.'
Trevor Manuel, former Minister of Finance for South Africa
`A manifesto on how Africa can diminish its reliance on aid and fund its own development. Policy makers and development practitioners will find in this book a combination of powerful advocacy and a new way forward.'
Donald Kaberuka, former President of the African Development Bank
`Remarkable in scope, Taxing Africa will surprise, inform, and challenge policy makers, tax experts, and anyone interested in ensuring African countries have financial resources to fund economic development.'
Eric M. Zolt, UCLA School of Law, and co-founder of the African Tax Institute
`Emphasizes the importance of history, culture and politics in shaping taxation, and offers new insight into how to approach reform. If you are working on African fiscal affairs, this book belongs on your shelf.'
Roy Bahl, Georgia State University
`An accessible and comprehensive introduction to the historical, political and economic context of taxation in African countries. It will help launch any student or professional venturing into the field of tax systems in these developing and emerging economies.'
Graham Glenday, Duke Center for International Development, Duke University
'A very readable book about technical and complicated issues.'
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