Fiscal pessimism in historical perspective : Tocqueville revisited

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dc.contributor.author Fraile Balbín, Pedro
dc.contributor.editor Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Instituto Figuerola de Historia y Ciencias Sociales
dc.contributor.other
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-16T13:04:43Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-16T13:04:43Z
dc.date.issued 2016-12
dc.identifier.issn 2341-2542
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/23964
dc.description.abstract This paper explores Alexis de Tocqueville´s thought on fiscal political economy as a forerunner of the modern school of preference falsification and rational irrationality. Although he initially shared the cautious optimism of most Classical economists with respect to taxes under extended suffrage, Tocqueville's view turned more pessimistic in the second volume of his Democracy in America. Universal enfranchisement and democratic governments would lead to higher taxes, more intense income redistribution and government control. Under democracy, the continuous search for unconditional equality would eventually jeopardized liberty and economic growth.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartofseries Working papers in Economic History
dc.relation.ispartofseries 16-09
dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/es/
dc.subject.other Alexis de Tocqueville
dc.subject.other Democracy in America
dc.subject.other Report on Pauperism
dc.subject.other Extension of the franchise
dc.subject.other Ricardian fiscal optimism
dc.subject.other Social rights
dc.subject.other Fiscal capacity
dc.subject.other Income redistribution
dc.subject.other Tocqueville's Cross
dc.subject.other Preference falsification
dc.subject.other Enfranchisement
dc.subject.other Mores
dc.subject.other Rational irrationality
dc.subject.other Equality
dc.title Fiscal pessimism in historical perspective : Tocqueville revisited
dc.type workingPaper
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dc.identifier.uxxi DT/0000001496
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