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fter a recent Facebook Live with my colleague Molly Reynolds, we got to talking about the political science books and articles we regularly recommend. So, here’s my reading list to understand the contemporary tax debate in Washington.

First lesson: the top-heavy tax cuts on the policy agenda today are not the natural outcome of a widely held antipathy to taxation, or an admiration for wealthy people that is sometimes ascribed to the American public. Americans are more willing to pay taxes and are more concerned about economic inequality, than you might think.

One of the best books on the subject is Class War? What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality, by Benjamin Page and Lawrence Jacobs. This book shows that Americans are philosophical conservatives, but operational liberals. Americans like the idea of ‘small government,’ but when it comes to actual policies, large majorities of Americans are supportive of the major government interventions in education, health care, employment, retirement—and even a majority of Republicans are willing to pay more in taxes to support these programs.

Required reading to understand the tax policy fight

After a recent Facebook Live with my colleague Molly Reynolds, we got to talking about the political science books and articles we regularly recommend. So, here’s my reading list to understand the …


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