Fiscal Federalism: A Comparative Introduction

Paperback | July 17, 2009

byGeorge Anderson

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Fiscal Federalism: A Comparative Introduction is a concise introduction to the ways in which the world's federations manage their finances. Topics covered include the distribution of taxation powers among different levels of government; regional equalization schemes; authority over naturalresource revenues; and the impact of federal systems of government on pension, welfare, and income assistance programs. The book targets second-, third-, and fourth-year courses in Federalism and Comparative Politics at the university level, and will also be useful for practitioners and civilservants.

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Fiscal Federalism: A Comparative Introduction is a concise introduction to the ways in which the world's federations manage their finances. Topics covered include the distribution of taxation powers among different levels of government; regional equalization schemes; authority over naturalresource revenues; and the impact of federal sy...

George Anderson became president of the Forum of Federations in June 2005. He was previously Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada, from May 2002 until May 2005. He also served as Deputy Minister (Intergovernmental Affairs) in the Privy Council Office beginning in August 1996. He began working in Canada's federal public service ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.26 inPublished:July 17, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195432381

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements1. An Overview of Fiscal Federalism1.1 Political federalism1.2 Fiscal federalism1.3 Institutional variety of federalism1.4 Fiscal arrangements and flexibility1.5 Evaluation of federal fiscal regimes2. Expenditure Responsibilities2.1 Expenditure patterns in governments2.2 Principles of expenditure assignment2.3 Integrated or dualist federal systems2.4 Spending power2.5 Distribution of expenditure responsibilities2.6 Mandates: Funded and unfunded3. The Structure of Tax Regimes3.1 Own-source, shared, and transferred revenues3.2 Devolved versus centralized revenue raising3.3 Assigning individual revenue sources3.4 Concurrent tax bases and tax room3.5 Tax competition3.6 Tax harmonization3.7 Tax administration4. The Allocation of Specific Tax and Revenue Sources4.1 Types and value of revenue sources4.2 Personal income taxes4.3 Corporate income taxes4.4 Sales, value-added, and turnover taxes4.5 Social insurance contributions and payroll taxes4.6 Property taxes4.7 Natural resource revenues4.8 Licences and user charges4.9 Other revenue sources5. Intergovernmental Revenue Sharing and Transfers5.1 The roles of revenue sharing and transfers5.2 Legal provisions governing revenue sharing and transfers5.3 Tax sharing versus fiscal transfers5.4 Tax-sharing criteria5.5 Sharing natural resource revenues5.6 Conditional versus unconditional transfers5.7 Horizontal fiscal inequalities5.8 Equalization programs5.9 Transfers to local governments6. Economic Management in Federations6.1 Fiscal federalism and macroeconomic management6.2 Central banks and monetary policy6.3 Fiscal policy coordination and stabilization6.4 Debt management and fiscal responsibility laws6.5 Microeconomic policy6.6 Regional development7. Institutional Arrangements and Issues7.1 Fiscal forums and advisory commissions7.2 Courts and dispute resolution7.3 Asymmetric arrangements7.4 Capitals, territories, and aboriginal peoples7.5 Government enterprises7.6 Corruption7.7 Conclusion