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Can public opposition to inheritance tax be weakened?

Prabhakar, Rajiv (2009) Can public opposition to inheritance tax be weakened? Public Policy and Administration, 24 (3). pp. 227-244. ISSN 0952-0767

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0952076709103809


Inheritance tax is the subject of recent political controversy in Britain. Public opinion appears to be a major barrier to boosting this tax. Evidence exists that suggests considerable public disquiet with inheritance tax. Recently, some commentators have argued that the way that inheritance tax is presented or `framed' could enhance public support for this tax. This article presents original focus group evidence on this claim. I note that while opposition to inheritance tax is deep-rooted, framing can help mitigate opposition. This article is important because it provides evidence on a live area of policy debate.

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Additional Information: © 2009 SAGE
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2011 15:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:55

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