Tax and Governance
In recent years, political scientists have suggested that increased taxation can spur more accountable governance. If citizens are made to pay taxes, they may feel more ownership over public resources, and demand things of their government in return. If taxpayers are unhappy with how their taxes are collected or spent, they may make demands for more accountability or even democracy.
This argument has often been illustrated with the often-repeated phrase “no taxation without representation.”
So, will raising taxes also lead to more accountable governance in developing countries today?
What kinds of taxes mobilise people?
How can they best engage to make their demands for reform heard?
Under what conditions can state-taxpayer bargaining lead to more fair, transparent, and accountable governance?