Legality of the World Bank's Informal Decisions to Expand into the Tax Field, and Implications of These Decisions for Its Legitimacy

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Abstract

The emergence of global tax governance was triggered by common tax problems, which are now still being faced by international society of nation-states. In the creation of this framework, international institutions have been playing a major role. One of these institutions is the World Bank (Bank). However, those who write about the virtues and vices of the main creators of the framework usually disregard the Bank. This article, therefore, argues that this disregard is not justified because the Bank has also been playing a prominent role. Since two informal decisions taken in the past have contributed to this position of the Bank, the article gives in addition to it answers to the following two related questions: whether these informal decisions of the Bank were legal and if so, what implications, if any, they have for the Bank’s legitimacy. Keywords: World Bank, legality, legitimacy, global tax governance, tax policy and tax administration reforms
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-133
Number of pages15
JournalErasmus Law Review
Volume2017
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2017

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