Crafting Structural Tax Legislation in a Highly Polarized Congress
Law & Contemporary Problems
This essay attempts to connect the process and product of tax legislation. It argues that changes in the tax legislative process over the last 25-30 years have affected the type of legislation produced by Congress. After identifying several developments, including the changing composition of professional tax staffers working on legislation, the essay shows that a decline in one particular category of legislation — complex change to improve the execution of current policies by advancing the efficiency, equity, or administrability of existing law — may be a natural outgrowth of changing legislator and staff interests and incentives.
George K. Yin, Crafting Structural Tax Legislation in a Highly Polarized Congress, 81 Law & Contemporary Problems, 241–279 (2018).