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Popular attitudes to taxation in Britain c. 1945-1992: reassessing the evidence

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Historians have generally accepted that the unpopularity of taxation increased in the late 1960s and 1970s and helped explain the success of the Conservative Party in winning four successive elections from 1979 to 1992. This paper presents the results of the first research project to examine the available evidence about popular attitudes to taxation and contemporary political assessments of popular attitudes during the period 1945-1992.

Rosa Hodgkin was joint winner of the History Faculty’s 2021 Ellen McArthur Prize for Economic History for her PhD, ‘Popular attitudes to taxation in Britain c.1945-1992’. Prior to her PhD Rosa studied History at Manchester University and then took the Faculty’s MPhil in Economic and Social History. Since completing her PhD Dr Hodgkin has been working as a Researcher at the Institute for Government (IfG).

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