Theoretical Framework for “Property Taxation in Ghana : Exploring the potential for a Land Value Tax”

Main Research Question

Is there the potential for a Land Value Tax in Ghana?

Sub Questions

• What is the case for property tax reform in Ghana?

• What are the theoretical benefits of LVT?

• What mix of objectives might be appropriate for an LVT to seek to achieve in Ghana?

• What are stakeholders’ perceptions of a potential LVT in Ghana?

• What are potential social, economic, practical, and political barriers to the introduction of LVT in Ghana?

• If the potential to introduce LVT in Ghana exists, what key issues would need to be considered by policymakers?These research questions will be answered by exploring the perspectives of different agencies, actors, and stakeholders in the Ghanaian context. You are required to develop a theoretical framework to answer the above research questions. This study adopts an interpretivist / constructivist paradigm and as such a corresponding theoretical framework must be used. The theory of institutionalism has been suggested by supervisors (rational choice institutionalism, historical institutionalism, normative/sociological institutionalism and discursive/constructivist institutionalism. The discursive/constructivist instititutionalism aligns with the interpretive nature of the study and would be the preferred choice, subject to the writer’s views. Guide to developing the theoretical framework

– Why a theoretical framework?

– The role of theoretical frameworks in qualitative research (where it can sometimes be regarded as problematic )

– What frameworks did I consider?

– Why did I reject/ choose the one I have

– What makes it really applicable to my context?

– What assumptions is the stance based on?

– What makes them unique? Please contact me if anything is unclear so I clarify as best as possible. I am happy to communicate with the writer for a better understanding of the task.