A federalist's dilemma: Trade-offs between social legitimacy and budget responsibility in multi-tiered welfare states

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Title
A federalist's dilemma: Trade-offs between social legitimacy and budget responsibility in multi-tiered welfare states
Journal
Journal of European Social Policy
Author(s)
Bonoli Giuliano, Natili Marcello, Trein Philipp
ISSN
0958-9287
1461-7269
Publication state
Published
Issued date
02/2019
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
29
Number
1
Pages
56-69
Language
english
Abstract
In multi-tiered states, subnational policymakers face a dilemma: on one hand, they must ensure the social legitimacy of their subnational unit by owning relevant policies including their potentially negative consequences; on the other, they have to manage their budget responsibly, which limits the scope of policy development. We study this dilemma in relation to social policies, by examining how the constituent units and municipalities in Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland deal with it, taking social assistance as an empirical example. Our analysis suggests that the combination of the federation’s history and a multinational political context affects the incentives and the choices made by the policymakers regarding ownership and disownership of policy competencies in the field of social assistance. By analysing mechanisms that are likely to play out in multi-tiered welfare states, our article contributes to both the social policy and the political science literatures.
Keywords
Federalism, legitimacy, local social policy, social assistance, territorial politics
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