Amid urgent debates around the function of welfare in the post-industrial 21st Century, and how we pay for it, David Byrne and Sally Ruane deploy the concepts and analytical tools of Marxist political economy to better understand recent developments, and the possibilities they present for social change.
David Byrne is Emeritus Professor of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University. His work explores the consequences of the post-industrial transition and the implications of the complexity frame of reference for understanding the social world. Sally Ruane works in the School of Applied Social Sciences at De Montfort University, Leicester, and is Deputy Director of the Health Policy Research Unit. Her research interests lie in health service reform, forms of NHS privatisation and taxation.
Introduction: Why understanding the tax system is so important Fiscal crisis in post-industrial capitalism The history of tax and the development of the fiscal crisis in post-industrial capitalism Austerity, debt and welfare in post-industrial capitalism Tax and inequality The politics of tax and welfare in post-industrial capitalism Conclusion