The Fiscal Crisis of the State

O'Connor, James
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press, New York, USA
Year Published:  1973  
Pages:  276pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX7424

O'Connor sets out to find answers to questions such as 'Who will pay for rising government expenditures? Will some kinds of spending rise while others are cut back? Can the government deliver more services for less taxes? Why don't American want to pay for services that presumably benefit the "people"? Can the fiscal system survive in its present form?'

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Table of Contents

Introduction:
The Theoretical Bankruptcy of Traditional Economics
Summation of the Theory of the Fiscal Crisis

CHAPTER 1
AN ANATOMY OF AMERICAN STATE CAPITALISM

Introduction
The Competitive Sector
The Monopoly Sector
The State Sector
Wage and Price Determination in the private Sector
Interrelationships between private and State Sectors
Surplus Capacity and Surplus Population
Surplus Capitalists
Wage Inflation in the State Sector


CHAPTER 2
DIMENSIONS OF THE CRISIS

Introduction
Taxation and Inflation and Working Class Solidarity
Changes in Production Relations in Monopoly Industries
Stability of the System: State Capitalism's Three Options
Managed Recession and Wage and Price Controls
A Social-Industrial Complex?


CHAPTER 3
POLITICAL POWER AND BUDGETARY CONTROL IN THE UNITED STATES

Introduction
A Political Framework for Budgetary Analysis: The Federal Government
Budgetary Principles of the Feudal and Early Capitalist State
State Capitalist Budgetary Principles and Control
Congress and the Executive Contemporary Relationship
Political Power and Budgetary Control: State and Local Government
The "Challenge to Federalism"


CHAPTER 4
SOCIAL CAPITAL EXPENDITURES: SOCIAL INVESTMENT

Introduction
Social Investment: Physical Capital
Social Investment: Transportation
Social Investment: Human Capital


CHAPTER 5
SOCIAL CAPITAL EXPENDITURES: SOCIAL CONSUMPTION

Introduction
Suburban Exploitation of the City
Social Consumption in the Suburb
Social Consumption in the city
From Urban Renewal to Regional Planning
Economic Insecurity and Social Insurance


CHAPTER 6
SOCIAL EXPENSES OF PRODUTION: THE WARFARE-WELFARE STATE

Introduction
Surplus Capital of the Warfare State
Surplus Population and the Welfare State
Political Struggle and the Modern Welfare System
Surplus Capitalist and the Socialism for the Rich
Appendix: The Social Expenses of Environmental Pollution


CHAPTER 7
FINANCING THE BUDGET: STATE ENTERPRISE AND STATE DEBT

Introduction
State Enterprise: General Considerations
State Enterprise in Europe
The State Debt: Historical Aspects
Federal Government Debt in the United States
State and Local Government Debt


CHAPTER 8
FINANCING THE STATE BUDGET: THE TAX STATE

Introduction
Ideologies of Tax Exploitation
Taxation of the Capitalist Class
Tax Exploitation of the Working Class
Revenue Sharing and the Crisis of Federalism


CHAPTER 9: THE SCOPE AND LIMITS OF CAPITALIST REFORM

Introduction
Taxable Capacity and the Tax Revolt
Movements of State Workers
Movements of State Clients
Counterattack by the State
Beyond Reform

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

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