This book examines the politics of taxation in Ireland between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries. Combining political, economic, and policy history, it contributes to a growing interdisciplinary literature on public finance, while also providing context for the ongoing debate on taxation and austerity in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. Taxation, Politics, and Protest in Ireland illuminates a neglected aspect of Irish history, and will be of interest to scholars, policymakers, and members of the public who wish to understand a subject that is central to the modern Irish experience.
Chapter 1. Introduction; Douglas Kanter and Patrick Walsh -- Chapter 2. Ireland, Mercantilism, and the Navigation Acts, 1660-1686; James Guilfoyle -- Chapter 3. Politics, Parliament, Patriot Opinion, and the Irish National Debt in the Age of Jonathan Swift; Charles Ivar McGrath -- Chapter 4. Patterns of Taxation in Eighteenth-Century Ireland; Patrick Walsh -- Chapter 5. Finance and Politics in Ireland, 1801-17; Trevor McCavery -- Chapter 6. That ‘Absurd Phantom called Free Trade’: The Politics of Protection in Ireland, c. 1829-52; Andrew Shields -- Chapter 7. Resistance to the Collection of Rates under the Poor Law, 1842-44; Mel Cousins -- Chapter 8. Taxation and the Economics of Nationalism in 1840s Ireland; Charles Read -- Chapter 9. The Campaign against Over-Taxation, 1863-65: A Reappraisal; Douglas Kanter -- Chapter 10. Tides of Change and Changing Sides: The Collection of Rates in the Irish War of Independence, 1919-21; Robin Adams -- Chapter 11. Taxation and the Revolutionary Inheritance: Tax Proposals, Legitimacy, and the Irish Free State, 1922-32; Jason Knirck -- Chapter 12. The Economic War and the Pamphlet War; Aidan Beatty -- Chapter 13. The Irish Tax State and Historical Legacies: Slowly Converging Capacity, Persistent Unwillingness to Pay; Michelle D’Arcy and Marina Nistotskaya