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Introduction to Controversies in Tax Law: A Matter of Perspective

Infanti, Anthony C (2015) Introduction to Controversies in Tax Law: A Matter of Perspective. In: Controversies in Tax Law: A Matter of Perspective. Controversies in American Constitutional Law . Ashgate Publishing, 1 - 8. ISBN 978-1-4724-1492-2

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This volume presents a new approach to today’s tax controversies, reflecting that debates about taxation often turn on the differing worldviews of the debate participants. For instance, a central tension in the academic tax literature — which is filtering into everyday discussions of tax law — exists between “mainstream” and “critical” tax theorists. This tension results from a clash of perspectives: Is taxation primarily a matter of social science or social justice? Should tax policy debates be grounded in economics or in critical race, feminist, queer, and other outsider perspectives? To capture and interrogate what often seems like a chasm between the different sides of tax debates, this collection comprises a series of pairs of essays. Each pair approaches a single area of controversy from two different perspectives — with one essay usually taking a “mainstream” perspective and the other a “critical” perspective. In writing their contributions, the authors read and incorporated reactions to each other’s essays, and paid specific attention to the influence of perspective on both the area of controversy and their contributions to the debate. With contributions from leading mainstream and critical tax scholars, this volume takes the first step toward bridging the gap between these differing perspectives on tax law and policy.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Infanti, Anthony Cinfanti@pitt.eduINFANTI0000-0002-4278-6887
Date: 2015
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Series Name: Controversies in American Constitutional Law
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
Page Range: 1 - 8
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
School of Law > Law
Refereed: No
ISBN: 978-1-4724-1492-2
Title of Book: Controversies in Tax Law: A Matter of Perspective
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 16:25
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2020 19:09


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