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Of Rule and Revenue (California Series on Social Choice & Political Economy) [Hardcover]


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1 July 1992 0520060911 978-0520060913 New edition
Margaret Levi's wide-ranging theoretical and historical study demonstrates the importance of political relative to economic factors in accounting for revenue production policies.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New edition edition (1 July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520060911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520060913
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,034,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Levi's approach is a fascinating blend of rational choice theory and neo-Marxism. . . . [She] offers a powerful and provocative model of rulers and ruling."--Bruce G. Carruthers, "Society Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Margaret Levi is Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and author of Bureaucratic Insurgency: The Case of Police Unions (1977). --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, an excellent idea, an excellent script! 12 Aug 2000
By Roberto Corrêa - Published on Amazon.com
A virtuous mix of rational choice, institutionalism and neo-Marxism theories. Levi explains the interaction among State, actors and citizens that has preferences and strategic capacity to maximize objectives. With the historical examples worked by Levi, I notice the possibility to analyze the relationships among the Brazilian State, business associations and unions face the politics of neoliberal reforms recently applied by the brazilian government. Roberto Corrêa
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2.0 out of 5 stars Of Rule and Review 16 Sep 2005
By E. Sickles - Published on Amazon.com
"As specialization and division of labor increase, there is greater demand on the state to provide collective goods where once there were solely private goods or no goods at all."

From the second sentence of this book, it charts its course in oblivious contradiction of reality. In reality, of course, economic activity individuates and privatizes as society develops. The few exceptions, e.g., the Soviet Union, are typically short-lived and embarrassing to their promoters.

Ms. Levi is obviously a clever person, but sadly, as with many clever people in academia, her intelligence in this book is deployed mainly to play games of self-referential abstraction.

This book's obscurity and practical uselessness mean that it is unlikely to be of any consequence. There probably is a good book to be written on a general theory of comparative taxation, but this ain't it.
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