A History of Taxation and Expenditure in the Western World

Front Cover
Simon and Schuster, 1986 - Expenditures, Public - 734 pages
In this comprehensive analysis of social systems of taxation and budgeting, the authors provide detailed examples from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages in Europe, and modern times to show how governments through the ages have raised money and spent it. They examine the two essential activities of government--taxing and spending--against the background of the societies in which they were imbedded and the development of government's administrative capacities. They also argue that government mobilization of resources involves critical human concerns--waging war and providing for the welfare of the people. ISBN 0-671-54617-1: $24.95.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

A history of taxation and expenditure in the Western world

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Throughout history, all governments, regardless of their form, have sustained themselves by controlling the purse. This exercise of the power to tax their citizens and allocate resources has resulted ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
13
THE BUDGETARY BASE AS A MANIFESTATION OF SOCIAL
31
FINANCE WITHOUT MONEY BUDGETING IN
38
Copyright

25 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information