2012-13 Catalog

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Offering Description

The Politics of Taxes and Budgets


Spring 2013 quarter

Howard Schwartz
Fields of Study
government and political economy
Some college level work in history, politics, or economics

Taxes are the quintessential political issue. They affect everyone but not equally. They are needed in order to pay for almost all government activities. They can be—and are—used as instruments of governmental policy sometime consciously, sometimes inadvertently. And they arouse furious passions. We will survey the kinds of taxes governments levy, how the tax burden and governmental benefits are distributed in the United States and elsewhere, and how tax systems are challenged and changed. Our learning objectives will be to understand how tax systems work and the interplay of quantitative and qualitative reasoning in political discussions about them: how numbers, ideology, and economic interest drive politics and policy.

Advertised Schedule
6-10p Thu
Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 18th, 2012 This course was added to the curriculum in December 2012.