Federalism and Social Policy

Patterns of Redistribution in 11 Democracies
Edited by Scott L. Greer and Heather Elliott
Money and policy reveal the connections between federalism and a strong welfare state

Description

Federalism and Social Policy asks a crucial question: Is a strong and egalitarian welfare state compatible with federalism? This volume explores the complex relationship between decentralization and the welfare state to determine whether or not decentralization has negative consequences for welfare. The contributors examine a variety of federalist nations, including Spain, Canada, and the United Kingdom, interrogating key issues: (1) Are there regional welfare states (such as Scotland, Minnesota, etc.)? (2) How much variation is there in the structures of federal welfare states? (3) Is federalism bad for welfare? (4) Does austerity recentralize or decentralize welfare states? By focusing on money and policy instead of law and constitutional politics, this volume shows that federalism shapes regional governments and policies even when decentralization exists.

“This book provides important insights into the perennial question of whether federalism is compatible with egalitarian social welfare policy. The contributors shed new light on the interactions among institutions, socioeconomic conditions, political coalitions, policy legacies, program designs, and financing arrangements that create more or less compatibility.”
—John Kincaid, Lafayette College

 
Scott L. Greer is Professor of Health Management and Policy, Global Public Health, and Political Science at the University of Michigan. Heather Elliott is a Doctoral Candidate and Research Associate in the Departments of Health Management and Policy and Political Science at the University of Michigan.

News, Reviews, Interviews

Read: Excerpt on Deveolution Matters blog Link | 11/9/2018

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 352pp.
  • 22 tables, 12 charts.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Hardcover
  • 2019
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-13117-4

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  • $85.00 U.S.

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Keywords

  • Australia; Austria; Belgium; Canada; Germany; Italy; Mexico; Spain; Switzerland; United Kingdom; United States; Decentralization; Intergovernmental Relations; Fiscal; Public Policy; Social Policy; Health; Education; Higher Education; Active Labor Market Policy; Pensions; Social Security; Inequality; Redistribution; Welfare State;

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