Taxation is a central social institution of the modern world. Taxes define durable structures of inequality, delimit the capacities of the state, and affect social behaviors from marriage to philanthropic giving. Conflict over taxation has been a driving force in major historical and social changes from the French Revolution to the democratic transitions of the late twentieth century. In the contemporary United States, tax policy is a pivotal political battleground. Changes in the tax code are the bread and butter of domestic politics: they are the instrument of choice for policymakers seeking to promote new social policies, and also for lobbyists seeking benefits for particular industries and firms.
Despite its centrality to social and political behavior, taxation has long been a marginal concern in sociology, political science, and history.
We invite the submission of papers or abstracts from graduate students in these disciplines and related fields for a one-day graduate student workshop to be held in conjunction with a two-day conference on comparative and historical approaches to taxation. The one-day grad student workshop and the two-day conference are sponsored by Northwestern University and the American Sociological Association, and will be held at Northwestern from May 3-5, 2007. The workshop will provide an introduction to classical perspectives on fiscal sociology, showcase new directions of research, and foster the growth of an active research community in this emerging field.
Participants will be asked to complete selected readings in advance of the workshop, and will have a chance to discuss their work with top scholars in the field. Housing and travel expenses will be paid.
The deadline for submitting papers or abstracts is Friday, December 1, 2006. Submit papers or abstracts via e-mail to Elisabeth Anderson .
For more information about the two-day conference or the one-day workshop, see the web site at http://www.cics.northwestern.edu/GPCHS_Conference.html
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