Legitimacy gaps, taxpayer conflict, and the politics of austerity in the UK

  title={Legitimacy gaps, taxpayer conflict, and the politics of austerity in the UK},
  author={Liam Stanley},
  journal={The British Journal of Politics and International Relations},
  pages={389 - 406}
  • L. Stanley
  • Published 7 March 2016
  • Economics
  • The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
Research Highlights and Abstract Examines how fiscal deficit reduction has been legitimated in the United Kingdom Uses focus groups with taxpayers in order to explore how members of the public make sense of the fairness of austerity measures Highlights how participants consistently identified themselves as hardworking taxpayers who face a high tax burden due to redistribution to undeserving poor and rich others Argues that this leads to a ‘legitimacy gap’ in state redistribution that austerity… 
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