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The Limits of Symbolic Reform: The New Deal and Taxation, 19331939

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In The Limits of Symbolic Reform, Mark Leff examines the gap between politics and economics, between symbol and substance in the New Deal. The New Deal never lacked for controversy, and tax policy reliably aroused the fiercest of emotions. Franklin Roosevelt's celebrated tax reform proposals - presented amidst verbal barrages against 'economic royalists' and the 'unjust co ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 19th 2002 by Cambridge University Press
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Frank Stein
Dec 06, 2011 Frank Stein rated it liked it
Writing about tax policy is never easy, and Leff does an admirable job of examining in detail six years of New Deal tax legislation and policy, despite some obvious problems in the book's organization and explanations. Still, his tax policy perspective provides an thoroughly original look at the New Deal.

Its main argument is clear and convincing. Despite all the rhetoric about soak-the-tax income taxation, Leff shows that the main revenue drivers in the New Deal were excise taxes that predominan
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