Actors and Authority in the International Tax Ecosystem

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This chapter provides an interdisciplinary framework for understanding changes in the international tax ecosystem. The chapter describes three broad disciplinary approaches to taxation grouped according to assumptions of how actors operate and project authority. On this basis, the international tax ecosystem framework consists of four components, with associated actors and forms of authority: jurisdictions, political mandates, markets, and normative environments. The framework emphasizes a sensitivity to different kinds of actorhood, and how changes are driven by actors’ claims to different forms of authority. After outlining the history of the international tax ecosystem, the framework is applied to present the most important changes to the tax ecology in the last decade. We argue that the evolution in the ecosystem is characterized by persistent legal indeterminacy and political complexity. The scholarly concern, then, is being open to different forms of actorhood and authority while untangling evolution within the international tax ecosystem.
TitelCombating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators : Bringing Tax Money back into the COFFERS
RedaktørerBrigitte Unger, Lucia Rossel, Joras Ferwerda
Antal sider26
ForlagOxford University Press
ISBN (Trykt)9780198854722
StatusUdgivet - 2021


  • Authority
  • International tax ecosystem
  • Expertise
  • Taxation
  • Jurisdictions
  • Political mandates
  • Markets
  • Normative environments