Christian von Soest / Karsten Bechle / Nina Korte

How Neopatrimonialism Affects Tax Administration: A Comparative Study of Three World Regions

GIGA Working Paper, No. 172, July 2011

Abstract
Neopatrimonialism is a concept that has predominately been applied to describe governance in sub‐Saharan Africa. Recently, though, it has also been used to describe states from other world regions. However, scholars have rarely attempted to systematically compare neopatrimonial rule in different regional settings. This paper aims to narrow this gap by examining the effect of neopatrimonialism on the tax administration as a core state function in six countries from three different world regions: Argentina, Venezuela, Indonesia, the Philippines, Kenya and Zambia. We conclude that neopatrimonialism is a valuable concept for comparative area studies with the potential to foster dialogue on the "state in operation" across the regional divide. However, several indicators are more valid for some world regions than for others. We find that there is no systematic relationship between neopatrimonial trajectories and the strength of tax administration. Individual actor decisions influence the outcomes of neopatrimonialism substantially.

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Dr. Christian von Soest ist Lead Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Afrika-Studien (IAA) und Leiter des GIGA-Forschungsschwerpunkts 2 „Frieden und Sicherheit“. Er forscht zu Sanktionen und anderen externen Interventionen, Konfliktprozessen und autoritären Regimen. Er leitet den Beitrag des GIGA zum Projekt B3 “Konflikt und Kooperation im Nexus von Klima und Sicherheit“, des Exzellenzclusters „Klima, Klimawandel und die Gesellschaft“ (CLICCS) der Universität Hamburg (www.cliccs.uni-hamburg.de/research/theme-b/b3.html).

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