“How tax compliance is shaped merits much more attention than it has received in anthropology and the social sciences. The book offers a wonderful rendering of the true strangeness and contingency of familiar routines – something the best social theory does.” · Liz McFall, Open University
“Shaping Taxpayers will be a significant, indeed, ground-breaking study that will propel this vein of interdisciplinary scholarship, concerned with social studies of finance, cultural economy, fiscal sociology and bureaucratic practice, into the mainstream.” · Bill Maurer, University of California, Irvine
How do you make taxpayers comply? This ethnography offers a vivid, yet nuanced account of knowledge making at one of Sweden’s most esteemed bureaucracies – the Swedish Tax Agency. In its aim to collect taxes and minimize tax faults, the Agency mediates the application of tax law to ensure compliance and maintain legitimacy in society. This volume follows one risk assessment project’s passage through the Agency, from its inception, through the research phase, in discussions with management to its final abandonment. With its fiscal anthropological approach, Shaping Taxpayers reveals how diverse knowledge claims – legal, economic, cultural – compete to shape taxpayer behaviour.
Lotta Björklund Larsen currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Thematic Studies – Technology and Social Change, Linköping University, Sweden.
LC: HJ2320.S8 L37 2017
BL: DRT ELD.DS.152743
BISAC: SOC002010 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/Cultural & Social; BUS064020 BUSINESS & ECONOMICS/International/Taxation
BIC: JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography; KCP Political economy