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Professor Richard Murphy

Professor of Practice

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of International Politics

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Richard Murphy was appointed as Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University in September 2015. Richard is a UK chartered accountant and political economist whose main areas of research relate to taxation and its impact on local, national and international economies and the relationships within and between them.

Richard was a practicing chartered accountant and corporate director for more than 20 years before becoming one of the co-founders of the Tax Justice Network. He combines his current role with directorships of Tax Research UK and the Fair Tax Mark.
Richard writes a daily blog at .

His books include:
• ‘Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works. Cornell Studies in Money’ jointly with Ronen Palan and Christian Chavagneux, 2010. Cornell University Press.
• ‘The Courageous State’, Searching Finance, 2011
• ‘Over here and under-taxed’, Vintage, 2013
• ‘The Joy of Tax’, Transworld, October 2015

Richard’s work has been widely used by politicians and regulators. He was the creator of the country-by-country reporting concept that became one of the OECD’s recommended bases for reporting the taxable income of multinational corporations in 2014 in an attempt to beat profit shifting and tax avoidance by those companies.
In the summer of 2015 Richard was widely credited with being the author of ‘Corbynomics’, which was the economic programme on the basis of which Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the UK Labour Party. He is, however, not a member of any political party.

Richard Murphy has broadcasted extensively over the last decade. A summary of this activity is as follows:


• Interviewed in ‘The UK Gold’, 2013
• Interviewed in Russell Brands ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, 2015


Regular news appearances on BBC1, BBC News Channel, Newsnight, Channel 4 and ITV as well as more specialised programmes including:

• BBC Panorama: many appearances since 2006 covering subjects including tax abuse in Luxembourg,, tax abuse in the Channel Islands, sham companies, and many more
• Channel 4 Dispatches including
• BBC Newsnight including


• Radio 4 (regularly)
• Today programme
• World at One
• PM
• File on Four
• Radio 2
• Regular budget and tax commentary on Jeremy Vine Show for more than five years
• Radio 5
• Regular commentator
• BBC local and regional radio as a regular commentator
• BBC Scotland
• BBC Wales
• BBC Northern Ireland
• Local radio


• Accountancy Age from 1987 to about 2000; regular contributor and columnist e.g.
• Accountancy magazine. No links available: now behind paywall. First wrote for it in 1985
• Accountingweb. Contributing editor 2003 to 2010.
• The Observer and Guardian. Journalist 2000- 2003 and contributor to Comment is Free ever since
• Numerous other magazines.

Social media

• Tax Research UK blog. This has been rated as the top UK economics blog over a period of several years and is usually in the top 100 UK blogs
• 12,600 posts since 2006
• 3.6 blog posts a day on average over 9.2 years
• 1.6 million reads in 2014 on a rising trend
• Twitter

Richard appears frequently on television and radio and has contributed to more than 50 documentary programmes worldwide.



- The relationships between money creation, taxation and the structuring of macroeconomic policy
- Tax gap and issues relating to it including the identification of tax evasion and tax avoidance and how to address those issues
- The need for accounting reform to ensure sufficient relevant and reliable data is available to assess taxes on business profits
- Alternative uses of quantitative easing for social and environmental purposes.


Books (5)

  1. Murphy, (2017). Dirty Secrets: How Tax Havens Destroy the Economy. Verso. ISBN 978-1-78663-167-1.
  2. Murphy, R. (2015). The Joy of Tax. Random House. ISBN 978-1-4735-2533-7.
  3. Palan, R., Murphy, R. and Chavagneux, C. (2013). Tax havens: How globalization really works. ISBN 978-0-8014-7612-9.
  4. Murphy, R. (2013). Over Here and Undertaxed: Multinationals, Tax Avoidance and You. Random House. ISBN 978-1-4481-8038-7.
  5. Murphy, R. (2011). The Courageous State Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government. ISBN 978-1-907720-28-4.

Chapters (12)

  1. Murphy, R. (2019). Tax justice and the challenges of measuring illicit financial flows. In Evans, J., Ruane, S. and Southall, H. (Eds.), Data in society: challenging statistics in an age of globalisation (pp. 103–114). Bristol: Policy Press.
  2. Murphy, R. (2019). Rethinking Britain Edited by Sue Konzelmann, Susan Himmelweit, Jeremy Smith and John Weeks. In Konzelmann, S., Himmelweit, S., Smith, J. and Weeks, J. (Eds.), Rethinking Britain (pp. 46–48). Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN 978-1-4473-5252-5.
  3. Murphy, R. (2019). Taxation - A Philosophy. In Scott, D. (Ed.), Manifestos policies and practices: an equalities agenda (pp. 191–216). London: UCL Institute of Education Press. ISBN 978-1-78277-285-9.
  4. Murphy, R., Moreno-Dodson, B. and Zolt, E.M. (2017). Wealth Taxes in Developing Countries. In Moreno-Dodson, B., Alepin, B. and Otis, L. (Eds.), Winning the Tax Wars: Tax Competition and Cooperation Kluwer Law International. ISBN 978-90-411-9460-2.
  5. Murphy, R. and Sikka, P. (2017). Unitary Taxation: the Tax Base and the Role of Accounting. In Picciotto, S. (Ed.), Taxing Multinational Enterprises as Unitary Firms (pp. 75–88). Brighton: ICTD. ISBN 978-1-78118-341-0.
  6. Murphy, (2016). Country-by-country Reporting. Global Tax Fairness (pp. 96–112). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-103862-4.
  7. Murphy, (2015). Institutional Interests. In Srblin, D.-.R. (Ed.), Tax for our Times; How the left can reinvent taxation (pp. 25–30). Fabian Society. ISBN 978-0-7163-0640-5.
  8. Murphy, (2015). Tax Competition: A Case of Winner takes all? The Greatest Invention: Tax and the Campaign for a Just Society Commonwealth Publishing.
  9. Murphy, (2015). How to make multinationals more transparent. The Greatest Invention: Tax and the Campaign for a Just Society Commonwealth Publishing.
  10. Murphy, R. (2012). Accounting for the missing billions. Draining Development
  11. Murphy, (2012). Tax at the heart of Labour left. The Red Book
  12. Meinzer, M. and Murphy, R. (2010). The tax gap at the core of the current financial crisis. In Watt, A. and Botsch, A. (Eds.), After the crisis: towards a sustainable growth model. (pp. 130–134). Brussels: The European Trade Union Institute. ISBN 978-2-87452-170-6.

Journal articles (10)

  1. Baker, A. and Murphy, R. (2021). Creating a race to the top in global tax governance: the political case for tax spillover assessments. Globalizations, 18(1), pp. 22–38. doi:10.1080/14747731.2020.1774324.
  2. Baker, A. and Murphy, R. (2020). Modern Monetary Theory and the Changing Role of Tax in Society. Social Policy and Society, 19(3), pp. 454–469. doi:10.1017/s1474746420000056.
  3. Murphy, R., Janský, P. and Shah, A. (2020). BEPS Policy Failure—The Case of EU Country-By-Country Reporting. Nordic Tax Journal, 2019(1), pp. 63–86. doi:10.1515/ntaxj-2019-0005.
  4. Murphy, R. and Seabrooke, L. (2019). The case for building climate reporting into financial accounting. SAMFUNDSØKONOMEN, December 2019(December 2019), pp. 95–101.
  5. Murphy, R. (2019). Tax and modern monetary theory. Real World Economic Review, 89(89), pp. 138–147.
  6. Murphy, R. (2019). ‘Corporate tax avoidance: is tax transparency the solution?’: a practitioner view. Accounting and Business Research, 49(5), pp. 584–586. doi:10.1080/00014788.2019.1611728.
  7. Baker, A. and Murphy, R. (2019). The Political Economy of ‘Tax Spillover’: A New Multilateral Framework. Global Policy, 10(2), pp. 178–192. doi:10.1111/1758-5899.12655.
  8. Murphy, and Sikka, P. (2015). Unitary Taxation: Tax Base and the Role of Accounting. Social Science Research Network.

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  9. Palan, R., Murphy, R., Chavagneux, C. and Mousli, M. (2009). Les paradis fiscaux : entre évasion fiscale, contournement des règles et inégalités mondiales. L Economie politique, n° 42(2), pp. 22–22. doi:10.3917/leco.042.0022.
  10. Christensen, J. and Murphy, R. (2004). The Social Irresponsibility of Corporate Tax Avoidance: Taking CSR to the bottom line. Development, 47(3), pp. 37–44. doi:10.1057/palgrave.development.1100066.

Reports (8)

  1. Murphy, R. and Stausholm, S.N. (2017). The Big Four - A Study of Opacity. Cambridgeshire: GUE/NGL - European United Left/Nordic Green Left.
  2. Murphy, (2014). In the Shade: Research on the UK's missing economy. Tax Research LLP.
  3. Murphy, (2014). The Tax Gap. Tax Evasion in 2014 - and what can be done about it..
  4. Murphy, and Reed, H. (2013). Financing the Social State: Towards a full employment economy..
  5. Murphy, , Christensen, J. and Kimmis, J. (2012). Tax us if you can..
  6. Murphy, (2011). The Cost of Tax Abuse. A Briefing Paper on the Cost of Tax Evasion Worldwide..
  7. Murphy, (2010). Making Pensions Work..
  8. Murphy, Green quantitative easing: Paying for the economy we need..

Scholarly edition

  1. Murphy, and Palan, R. (2015). CIYPERC Working Paper Series 2015 / 0 3 Why the UK’s Fiscal Charter i s Doomed to Fail.

Working papers (2)

  1. Murphy, R., Seabrooke, L. and Stausholm, S. (2019). A Tax Map of Global Professional Service Firms: Where Expert Services are Located and Why. Copenhagen: Copenhagen Business School.
  2. Murphy, R. and Guter-Sandu, A. (2018). Resources allocated to tackling the tax gap: a comparative EU study. London: City University of London.