Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Tax blacklists: the dangers of “policy plagiarism”

Jason SharmanIn the current issue of Governance (24.4, October 2010), Jason Sharman of Griffith University examines the global diffusion of tax haven blacklists, a process which Sharman says has tended to replicate errors because of the thoughtless copying of lists of “usual suspects” from abroad.  In one extreme example, Venezuela replicated the Mexican blacklist, which included Venezuela, and thereby blacklisted itself.  There has been little “learning from abroad” in this area, says Sharman.  Rather, the pressure on stressed policymakers to act decisively in a complex field has led to a process of dysfunctional “policy plagiarism.”  Read the article.

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December 3, 2010 at 10:35 am

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