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De l'île de Ré à l’île d’Arros : Récits, symboles et statistiques dans l'expérience du bouclier fiscal (2005-2011)

Abstract : Political science has been struggling for a number of years with a democratic puzzle: how is it that upwardly-redistributive policies, which grant significant tax cuts to rich people, seem to be supported by a majority of voters? Is this due to misinformation, political obfuscation, or a shift in the moral attitudes towards taxation and redistribution? Through an analysis of the French ‘bouclier fiscal’ (tax shield), which was created in 2005 and abolished in 2011, we stress the major role played by symbols, narratives and numbers in the evolving representations of tax inequality. Initially conceived as a tool that would protect all taxpayers from excessive taxation, this measure became increasingly perceived as embodying client politics, especially after 2009-2010. We argue that symbols, when used in politics, may help frame public issues, but also lead to political weakness when reality appears to be too distanced from constructed narratives.
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Nicolas Delalande, Alexis Spire. De l'île de Ré à l’île d’Arros : Récits, symboles et statistiques dans l'expérience du bouclier fiscal (2005-2011). Revue Francaise de Science Politique, Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques, 2013, 63 (1), pp.7 - 27. ⟨10.3917/rfsp.631.0007⟩. ⟨hal-03473944⟩

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