Citizen-State Relations – Improving Governance Through Tax Reform

Published on 8 November 2010

Taxation is fundamental to sustainable development: it supports the basic functions of an effective state and sets the context for economic growth. However, there is another role for taxation that is often overlooked – as a catalyst for more responsive and accountable governments, and for expanding state capacity.

Recent research has begun to focus on this broader relationship between taxation and statebuilding, but it is still relatively theoretical and abstract. This publication charts new territory by translating research into a practical agenda for action. It focuses on specific measures by governments, supported by development partners, to strengthen the statebuilding role of taxation.


Wilson Prichard

IDS Research Fellow and ICTD Chief Executive Officer

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published by
OECD Publishing
Prichard, W.


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