Monday, March 01, 2010

Call for papers: The Political Economy of Taxation

Department of Politics, History and International Relations,

Loughborough University


The Political Economy of Taxation:

International Conference

September 29th 2010

This is an invitation to propose a paper at the forthcoming interdisciplinary conference on The Political Economy of Taxation, to be held at Loughborough University under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of International Governance. The conference organisers are seeking above all to attract contributions on four core themes

Core Themes

  1. Tax Competition and Neoliberalism

The Politics of Tax Havens

Tax Avoidance & Tax Evasion

Transfer-Pricing and Taxation

Paradigm Shift in the International Governance of Taxation?

  1. Taxation and Development

Taxation regimes in Emerging Economies

Taxation regimes in less developed economies

Taxation and mercantilism

  1. Taxation in the European Union

Tax Harmonisation: VAT & Excise Duties

Taxation and Enlargement

Taxation Policy in the Framework of Macroeconomic Regimes

Environmental taxes

  1. The Politics of Tax Progression

Taxation and Redistribution

Flattening the Curve of Progression

Flat Tax Debates and Regimes

Laffer Controversy?

Papers on related subsidiary themes are also warmly welcomed. These could include the following:

Potential Subsidiary Themes

  1. Taxation in the arena of Party Politics: International Comparisons
  1. Taxation and Gender in international comparison
  1. Taxation of the Public and Parapublic Sector

Charities and the ‘Third Sector’

The State as Corporation

Public-Private Partnerships and Taxation

  1. Taxation and Civic Culture

The State as ‘Other’; the State as ‘Us’

Tax Compliance in International Comparison

Tax Policing

Taxation and Corruption

If you would like to present a paper at this conference, please forward a brief abstract of your proposal by post or by email to The Centre for the Study of International Governance, Department of PHIR, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK; E-mail:

Discussions have already begun with a publisher to produce an edited volume of conference proceedings, using the best of the day’s papers.

If you wish to attend the conference on September 29th 2010, you can request an application form from the Centre for the Study of International Governance at the above address or via email at: E-mail:

Further enquiries about the Conference can be obtained by contacting the

Conference Organiser: Dr Jeremy Leaman (; (44)01509-222995

Supported by: Centre for the Study of International Governance, Loughborough University (01509-222981)


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