The code of conduct on business taxation : open method of coordination in disguise?
Public administration, 2003, Vol. 81, No. 3, pp. 513-531
RADAELLI, Claudio M., The code of conduct on business taxation : open method of coordination in disguise?, Public administration, 2003, Vol. 81, No. 3, pp. 513-531 - http://hdl.handle.net/1814/2470
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The European Union is experimenting with new, non‐binding policy instruments in business taxation, namely a voluntary code of conduct among member states against harmful tax competition. This article raises the question to what extent can the code be considered a manifestation of the open method of coordination (OMC)? Is an open method (based on guidelines, peer review, best practice, benchmarking, learning and diffusion of shared beliefs among policy‐makers) emerging as a new governance architecture in tax policy? If so, what can the code achieve in terms of policy learning and convergence? There are similarities between the code and the open method of coordination – especially with reference to guidelines, peer review, timetables and the identification of ‘worst practice’. However, the political logic of the code does not fit in well with the OMC aims of participatory governance and social learning. In terms of achievements, the code has contributed to the creation of a community of discourse and the diffusion of shared beliefs about what constitutes ‘acceptable’ and ‘harmful’ tax competition. Convergence at the level of discourse, however, should not be confused with convergence of actual tax policies in the member states.
First published 8 August 2003
Cadmus permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/2470
Full-text via DOI: 10.1111/1467-9299.00359
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