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Against the Profit MotiveThe Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940$
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Nicholas R. Parrillo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300176582

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300176582.001.0001

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State and Local Taxation

State and Local Taxation

The Tax Ferrets

(p.183) 5 State and Local Taxation
Against the Profit Motive

Nicholas R. Parrillo

Yale University Press

The second part of this book traces the transition from bounties to salaries. Governance in the early modern period consisted mostly of familiar imposition, in which officers were members of the community and enforced norms that were in keeping with the community's social expectations. In the nineteenth-century surge of alien imposition, no area was more important than taxation. Compared to the past, American lawmakers in the second half of the 1800s imposed taxes that were higher, fell on more kinds of wealth and activity, and entailed more intrusive surveillance into citizens' affairs. This chapter focuses on the dramatic growth of tax demands at the state and local level.

Keywords:   bounties, salaries, governance, social expectations, taxes, tax demands

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