1st Edition

The Politics of Global Tax Governance

By Henning Schmidtke Copyright 2019
    224 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    222 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Why has global tax governance been politicized and how can we explain the varying intensity and content of public debates? This book offers an integrated theory of the politicization of international institutions and a detailed account of how the institutional design and policy output of tax governance by the EU and OECD have developed over time.

    Offering the first in-depth empirical analysis to compare politicization across international institutions, it blends institutionalist explanations that focus on the growing authority of international institutions, and sociological and political economy approaches that take into account domestic context.

    Exploring why and how international institutions have become increasingly contested in the 21st century, this book will be of particular interest to the scholars of the transfer of authority from the nation-state to international institutions, and the societal repercussions and political struggles that connect these processes. Researchers in the fields of political science, international relations, sociology, and political communication will also find it useful and insightful.

    1 Exploring the Causes and Consequences of International Institutions’ Politicization

    2 A Theory of Politicization: Driving Forces and Conditioning Contexts

    3 The Politicization of Global Tax Governance: Descriptive Findings

    4 How International Authority and Policy Output Drive Politicization

    5 How International Authority and Domestic Context Shape Differentiated Patterns of Politicization

    6 Conclusion: The Varied Politicization of Global Tax Governance


    Henning Schmidtke is a Research Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg. His research interests include the formation, design, and behavior of international organizations and the contentious politics around them. His work has appeared in the Review of International Organizations, Review of International Studies, and West European Politics.