• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Miranda Stewart
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Autumn Session 2019
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Classes will be held on Mar 22, 23, 25; Apr 26, 27, 29 from 9:00am-4:00pm in Brindabella Theatre.

Fiscal Policy, Globalization and Development

This course is aimed at students who are interested in fiscal policy including tax and expenditure law and policy concerning how to fund government effectively.  It examines the key challenges of fiscal policy in achieving sufficient revenues, economic prosperity and development and in addressing social justice and inequality in a context of globalisation. 

The course provides an introduction to public finance law and policy; tax policy principles; and tax reform and law design principles. We then examine several topical case studies of particular fiscal systems and tax or expenditure reforms or policies in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The subject takes a critical approach to examining the principles, processes and outcomes of fiscal policy. Students do not need to have a detailed knowledge of tax law or economics to do this subject.

Principal topics are:

•             Public finance law and policy including budget laws, fiscal institutions and rules

•             General principles of public finance

•             Tax principles relevant to development: efficiency, distributive justice, administration

•             The relationship between tax, lending and aid for low income countries

•             Resource taxation including rent taxes, royalties and budgeting for oil and mineral revenues

•             Fiscal federalism and decentralisation including tax allocation and revenue sharing between governments

•             The corporate tax and multinationals in the context of economic globalization

•             International tax transparency and coordination between governments

•             The future: global taxes?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

•    Demonstrate a good understanding of the fiscal framework for taxing and spending and of fiscal policy principles
•    Analyse critically tax reforms and policy choices in developed and developing countries  
•    Research, and examine key issues and challenges in fiscal policy in a particular development or country context.
•    Present in depth written analysis of key issues and challenges in fiscal policy in a particular development or country context.

Other Information

The course will be offered in seminar format including some short lectures but primarily involving significant engagement and discussion among the teacher and students focused on the readings, questions and topical case studies considered in the course.

Indicative Assessment

(1)   Leading Class discussion on a set reading (Hurdle)

(2)   Short written assignment on the same set reading (20%, maximum 1,000 words)

(3)   Research essay (80%) of maximum of 5,000 words on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the subject coordinator

 OR: 3 hour Examination (80%) on content of whole subject.

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Students will have a 3 hour seminar per week. Students should expect to spend 10 hours per week related to the course including class time.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5620 15 Mar 2019 05 Apr 2019 05 Apr 2019 29 May 2019 In Person View

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