Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783604531 Published August 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604548 Published September 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Taxing Africa

Coercion, Reform and Development

Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

Taxing Africa

Mick Moore, Wilson Prichard and Odd-Helge Fjeldstad

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216 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783604531 Published August 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783604548 Published September 2018 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

It has long been debated whether Africa’s lack of growth is best explained by the continent’s exploitation by the global system, or by internal failures of domestic political leadership, and taxation is no different. Some point to a global economic system that undermines Africa’s tax collection through tax havens and evasion by multinational firms and wealthy individuals. Meanwhile, others highlight domestic barriers to effective taxation that are rooted in corruption and the unwillingness or inability of political leaders to take necessary action. Written by leading international experts, Taxing Africa moves beyond this polarizing debate, arguing that substantial cultural and political change must come from within African countries themselves. From tackling the collusion of elites with international corporations to enhancing local democratic governance, the book examines the potential for reform, and how it may become a springboard for broader development gains.

Review Quotes
Donald Kaberuka, former president of the African Development Bank
“A manifesto on how Africa can diminish its reliance on aid and fund its own development. Policymakers and development practitioners will find in this book a combination of powerful advocacy and a new way forward.”
Roy Bahl, Georgia State University
“Emphasizes the importance of history, culture, and politics in shaping taxation, and offers new insight into how to approach reform. If you are working on African fiscal affairs, this book belongs on your shelf.”
Richard Bird, University of Toronto (emeritus)
“This short and well-written book provides both an excellent overview of taxation issues in Africa and a stimulating introduction to the political economy of policy reform in general. Both old-hands and newcomers can learn much here.”
Eric M. Zolt, UCLA School of Law, and cofounder of the African Tax Institute
“Remarkable in scope, Taxing Africa will surprise, inform, and challenge policy makers, tax experts, and anyone interested in ensuring African countries have financial resources to fund economic development.”
Michael Keen, deputy director of the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department
“The authors apply their extensive practical experience and analytical acumen to provide a level-headed and accessible account of the key tax challenges (and opportunities) that the continent faces—as well as suggesting ways ahead.”
Graham Glenday, Duke Center for International Development, Duke University
“An accessible and comprehensive introduction to the historical, political, and economic context of taxation in African countries. It will help launch any student or professional venturing into the field of tax systems in these developing and emerging economies.”
Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former Managing Director of the World Bank
“This incisive book, by well-known tax and development experts, reveals the successes and failures, challenges and opportunities of taxation in Africa. Recommended reading for every finance and treasury official in Africa and beyond.”
LĂ©once Ndikumana, former director of research and operations, African Development Bank
“'Examines a highly important and timely issue which features high on the agenda of policy makers. The book will generate substantial interest and attention among policy makers, analysts, and civil society organizations.”
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