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Bringing the State back in: The Role of Fiscal Federalism in Welfare Restructuring

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Welfare restructuring literature has concentrated on political institutions, electoral systems and cross class coalitions for explaining recent policy reforms. However, fundamental welfare restructuring has taken place during the last decade, even in Bismarckian welfare states which are dominated by veto positions, proportional representation electoral rules and strong unions and employers. The paper argues that these policy changes can only be understood by taking into account the structure of welfare financing in these countries. Focusing on unemployment benefit reform in Germany, we analyze its origins and illustrate the close interaction between labour market and fiscal policy considerations within the government. We argue that the cost-shifting nature of the German political system resulting in high non wage labour costs and a growing financial burden for municipalities was responsible for the emergence of new conflict lines. The paper concludes by reconciling coalition politics and fiscal constraints arguments.

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Name: Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies
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Hassel, Anke. and Schiller, Christof. "Bringing the State back in: The Role of Fiscal Federalism in Welfare Restructuring" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, Apr 15, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399455_index.html>

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Hassel, A. and Schiller, C. , 2010-04-15 "Bringing the State back in: The Role of Fiscal Federalism in Welfare Restructuring" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399455_index.html

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Abstract: Welfare restructuring literature has concentrated on political institutions, electoral systems and cross class coalitions for explaining recent policy reforms. However, fundamental welfare restructuring has taken place during the last decade, even in Bismarckian welfare states which are dominated by veto positions, proportional representation electoral rules and strong unions and employers. The paper argues that these policy changes can only be understood by taking into account the structure of welfare financing in these countries. Focusing on unemployment benefit reform in Germany, we analyze its origins and illustrate the close interaction between labour market and fiscal policy considerations within the government. We argue that the cost-shifting nature of the German political system resulting in high non wage labour costs and a growing financial burden for municipalities was responsible for the emergence of new conflict lines. The paper concludes by reconciling coalition politics and fiscal constraints arguments.


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