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The politics of local income tax in Sweden: reform and continuity
School of European Studies, Cardiff University, UK.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2005 (English)In: Local Government Studies, ISSN 0300-3930, Vol. 31, no 3, 351-366 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Local authorities have played an important role in the Swedish model of the Welfare State. This state is characterised by high levels of welfare provision paid for through general taxation, the rates of which are very high and the application of uniform standards across the entire country based on the principles of equity and fairness. The main form of income for local authorities is a Local Income Tax which is paid by 85% of the population. In the 1980s and 1990s, Sweden went through an economic crisis which resulted in significant changes to the tax system, although the Local Income Tax was retained. Subsequent changes have followed a pendulum process, with deregulation of local government finances in the 1990s being followed by greater regulation in the following years. Today, Sweden is conducting a major debate about the role and functions of different levels of government in the light of social, economic and political changes in the international scene.

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Routledge, Taylor & Francis , 2005. Vol. 31, no 3, 351-366 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14809DOI: 10.1080/03003930500095210OAI: diva2:154481
Available from: 2007-06-18 Created: 2007-06-18 Last updated: 2011-02-24Bibliographically approved

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