Dimensions of Law in the Service of Order: Origins of the Federal Income Tax, 1861-1913

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRobert Stanley

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A sophisticated and accessible application of the newest theoretical work in public-policy history and legal studies, this book is a detailed account of how a permanent income tax was enacted into law in the United States. The tax originated as an apology for the aggressive manipulation ofother forms of taxation, especially the tariff, during the Civil War. Levied with very low rates on a small proportion of the population and raising little revenue, the early tax was designed to preserve imbalances in the structure of wealth and opportunity, rather than to ameliorate or abolishthem, by strengthening the status quo against fundamental attacks by the political left and right. This book shows that the early course of income taxation was more clearly the product of centrist ideological agreement, despite occasional divergences, than of "conservative-liberal" allocativeconflict.

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A sophisticated and accessible application of the newest theoretical work in public-policy history and legal studies, this book is a detailed account of how a permanent income tax was enacted into law in the United States. The tax originated as an apology for the aggressive manipulation ofother forms of taxation, especially the tariff...

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A sophisticated and accessible application of the newest theoretical work in public-policy history and legal studies, this book is a detailed, and often surprising, account of how a permanent income tax was enacted into law in the United States. Rather than finding the traditional panoply of interest groups, party alignments, and ideol...

Robert Stanley is at California State University, Chico.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.57 × 6.38 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195058488

ISBN - 13:9780195058482

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"This is...a sophisticated work of legal history and the study of public policy....Such a text should be required reading for any course in legal history or tax policy and might be an important addition to a course in public policy."--Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly