Tax Justice

Tax Justice : Putting Global Inequality on the Agenda

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Tax justice is a massive issue worldwide. Never before has there been so much wealth, and yet even the world's richest countries seem to lack public finances to fund the most basic needs of their citizens. It is a great paradox of our time.

This book argues that global wealth inequalities need to be addressed in order to achieve lasting social, economic development in all countries.

There will simply never be enough finances to provide welfare for all if the rich continue to evade taxes, and large companies shift profits out of poor countries. The authors show how we can develop new forms of international solidarity to tackle this -- and keep wealth within countries that need it. They detail how money is wasted and lost, and how the global finance system ends up taking money away from the areas that need it most.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532861X
  • 9780745328614
  • 2,311,760

Table of contents



Matti Kohonen and Francine Mestrum

Part I: Visualising the Problems

1. Why we have to fight global income inequality by Francine Mestrum

2. Rationale for World Public Finance: Mapping the tools for social change by Matti Kohonen

Part II: Missing Public Revenues

3. The global financial system and enduring poverty by Peter Wahl

4. Dealing with Debt by Katarina Sehm-Patomaki

5. Taxing Transnational Corporations by John Christensen

6. The fiscal impact of trade liberalisation by Aldo Caliari

7. Global taxes for public finances in the South by Jacques Cossart

8. Breaking The Vicious Circle: Grand Corruption In Kenya by Alvin Mosioma and Bob Awuor

Part III: Better Public Expenditures

9. The myth of development aid by Lou Keune

10. Public finance for global public goods by Dries Lesage

List of contributors

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Review quote

'Massive income disparities between rich and poor constitute capitalism's greatest challenge in the 21st century. This book explains the issue and makes a highly intelligent contribution toward its resolution' -- Raymond W. Baker, Director, Global Financial Integrity and Guest Scholar at The Brookings Institution 'Secretive offshore banking has brought capitalism to its knees, increased inequality and stymmied meaningful poverty alleviation. This timely book reveals how tax havens do this' -- Nick Mathiason, Business Correspondent, The Observer
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About Francine Mestrum

Matti Kohonen is Principal Adviser on the Private Sector at Christian Aid. He is also a founding member of the Tax Justice Network, and co-editor of Tax Justice (Pluto, 2008). Francine Mestrum is a researcher and activist on social development, and coordinator of the network of Global Social Justice. She is the author of several books on global poverty, inequality and international financial institutions, and co-editor of Tax Justice (Pluto, 2008).
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