Sharper axes, lower taxes : big steps to a smaller state / edited by Philip Booth ; with contributions from Sam Collins [and others].

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Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
London : Institute of Economic Affairs, 2011.
Description
285 pages ; 22 cm

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Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: pt. ONE ECONOMIC GROWTH, GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND TAXATION
  • 1. Public spending, taxation and economic growth
  • the evidence / Jiang Wang Introduction
  • Two simple models of growth
  • Is there a negative relationship between tax and economic growth?
  • Our basic results from testing the two policy approaches
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • 2. The changing economic role of government: past, present and prospective / David B. Smith
  • Introduction
  • Expansion of government 1870 to 2000
  • Government spending in the 21st century
  • Measurement issues and where the money goes
  • Regional differences in government spending
  • The Office for Budget Responsibility
  • An alternative independent projection for the public finances
  • Conclusions
  • 3. The reckoning up / Philip Booth
  • The shape of a new tax system
  • pt. TWO THE WELFARE STATE
  • 4. Healthcare
  • trimming the fat or fit for the future? / Sam Collins
  • Note continued: Introduction
  • The `cuts' model
  • Radical reform
  • 5. Education, training and childcare / R. Shackleton
  • State schooling
  • Early schooling and childcare
  • Training
  • Higher education
  • 6.Comprehensive pension reform / Corin Taylor
  • Abolition of non-cash benefits to pensioners
  • Abolition of married couples' allowance for old people
  • Abolition of the age allowance
  • Not linking UK state pensions to earnings from 2011
  • Raising state pension age to 66 in 2015
  • Reduction in public sector pension contributions
  • Comprehensive pension reform
  • pt. THREE THE WARFARE STATE
  • 7. The fat red line: time to cut British defence spending / Paul Robinson
  • Rational defence planning
  • Vital national interests
  • Threats to vital interests
  • Creating a strategy to meet identified threats
  • Capabilities
  • The defence budget
  • Note continued: pt. FOUR THE TRANSFER STATE
  • 8. How to improve the lot of the poorest by cutting government `aid' / Julian Morris
  • Should ODA be increased?
  • Can ODA be spent in ways that do more good than harm?
  • Aid to cut and aid to keep
  • 9. Transforming welfare
  • incentives, localisation and non-discrimination / Kristian Niemietz
  • Income replacement versus work incentives
  • Constraining spending versus constraining adverse incentives
  • Contribution versus `need'
  • High spending, poor outcomes
  • The coalition's welfare reforms: so far so good
  • Changes to the benefit system
  • A Negative Income Tax as an alternative to the Universal Credit
  • Old-age provision
  • Full-time work conditionality for out-of-work benefits
  • Conclusions and companion reforms
  • pt. FIVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE STATE
  • 10.Comprehensive transport reform / Richard Wettings
  • Rail
  • Buses
  • Roads
  • Note continued: References
  • 11. Selling off the family silver / Nigel Hawkins
  • Reprivatising the banks
  • Support services
  • Transport and logistics
  • The utilities and energy sectors
  • Media
  • Telecoms
  • Leisure
  • Investment trusts
  • Real estate
  • Projected government proceeds
  • 12. Seriously suboptimal: UK energy and climate change policy / Richard Wellings
  • Climate change targets
  • The Renewables Obligation
  • The EUETS
  • Environmental taxes
  • The impact on the energy sector
  • The impact on government spending
  • Meeting the targets at lower cost
  • An efficient carbon tax
  • Implementation problems
  • The limitations of climate change policy
  • A market-based approach to climate change
  • References.
ISBN
  • 9780255366489
  • 0255366485
OCLC
744466586
Other standard number
  • 60001513890
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