|Author (Person)||Beblavý, Miroslav, Hájková, Alžbeta|
|Publisher||Centre for European Policy Studies [CEPS]|
|Series Title||CEPS Working Document|
|Series Details||No.419, February 2016|
|Publication Date||February 2016|
|Content Type||Journal | Series | Blog|
This paper looks at the difference between the levels and nature of social policy expenditure in northern and northwest European countries and the countries of southern, central, and eastern Europe, and examines the relationship between social investment and state capacity in these country groupings.
The authors show that southern and eastern countries have a much greater preference for ‘compensating’ rather than ‘capacitating’ social policy spending. Furthermore, the state capacity in these countries is lower, which generates less state revenue. Based on these observations they conclude that low state capacity and low state revenue go hand in hand with the preference for capacitating social policies, as these policies involve less delegation and discretion than social investment policies. This paper shows that high state capacity is probably a necessary precondition for effective social investment policies, although some limited alternative paths do exist.
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|