Does Taxation Lead to Representation?

  title={Does Taxation Lead to Representation?},
  author={Michael L. Ross},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={229 - 249}
  • M. Ross
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Political Science
  • British Journal of Political Science
Does their need for greater tax revenue force governments to democratize? Most research on contemporary democratization says little about the effects of taxation. Yet there are good reasons to believe that taxation led to representation in the past: representative government first came about in early modern Europe when monarchs were compelled to relinquish some of their authority to parliamentary institutions, in exchange for the ability to raise new taxes; similarly, the war for independence… 

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