Markets in Vice, Markets in Virtue

Markets in Vice, Markets in Virtue

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This sweeping, comparative study of taxation in the United States and Australia shows that even as governments in the Western world have become increasingly sophisticated tax collectors, a competitive and ruthless market in advice on tax avoidance has developed. The same competitive forces in the late twentieth century which have driven down prices and sparked efficiencies in the production of fast food or computer parts have helped stimulate the markets for "bads" like tax shelters and problem gambling. Braithwaite draws the surprising conclusion that effective regulation could actually flip markets in vice to markets of virtue. Essential reading for anyone involved in policy, governance, and regulation, "Markets in Vice, Markets in Virtue" provides a blueprint for restoring the equity of Western tax systems and a breakthrough theory of how regulators can support markets in virtue and curtail markets in vice.show more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 157.48 x 243.84 x 20.32mm | 530.7g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195222008
  • 9780195222005

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"This is a lively book, full of insights and provocative ideas about regulation...It works at many levels: as empirical study of tax avoidance and regulation, as illustration of sophisticated application of social science theory, and as a vehicle for new theoretical ideas about regulation."--Bill Martin, Flinders University, Adelaide, for Contemporary Sociology"This book should be required reading for tax officials and would educate them on how to flip markets of aggressive tax planning to markets of tax compliance. The book also offers lessons on how to proactively prevent the next cycle of aggressive tax planning."--The Journal of the American Taxation Associationshow more

About John Braithwaite

John Braithwaite is Professor in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. He has won a number of international awards for his research on both restorative justice and responsive regulation, most recently, he was awarded the 2004 Edwin H Sutherland Award by the American Society of Criminology and the 2004 Kalven Prize of the Law and Society Association.show more