The politics of taxing the rich: declining tax rates in times of rising inequality

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  • Patrick Emmenegger
  • Hanna Lierse

This introduction to the special issue on “the politics of taxing the rich” discusses the puzzle that although inequality has sharply risen in recent decades, advanced democracies have not turned to new or higher taxes on the rich. Subsequently, it reviews the contributions to the special issue. In conclusion, the paper argues that the decline of taxes on the rich is no evitable process but one that is highly dependent upon politics, institutions and economics.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)647-651
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 04.05.2022
Externally publishedYes