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Essentials of Fiscal Sociology

Conception of an Encyclopedia


Edited By Jürgen G. Backhaus

The issue whether fiscal sociology is ripe for an encyclopedia is the hidden agenda of this project. The authors are international experts from the old and the new world, from Italy to Estonia, the Netherlands to Russia, and of course, the United States. The essays cover both, the history of fiscal sociology and recent and future issues, such as the making of the Estonian constitution, which emphasizes fiscal austerity, and the emerging European constitution.


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In 2000 I accepted the Krupp Foundation Chair in Public Finance and Fiscal Sociology, and in 2001, we planned an annual conference in Fiscal Sociology, which had to be postponed because of September 11th. In the meantime every year on the Friday before the start of the winter semester in the city castle of Rudolstadt, the annual conference on Fiscal Sociology takes place. This book contains contributions to the last four of these meetings. The Title of this book suggests that the compilation is so massive that the proj- ect of an encyclopedia needs to be discussed during the next meetings in October 2013. Dana Ruoff turned what was heading towards a publishing disaster into a nice success – thanks. Erfurt University, Jürgen Backhaus

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