Financing the welfare state and the politics of taxation

Authored by: Nathalie Morel , Joakim Palme

Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138631649
eBook ISBN: 9781315207049
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In an era of permanent austerity and financial crisis, the issue of financing the welfare state is topical. Moreover, the future of welfare state funding in countries with ageing populations raises increasing interest in scholarly as well as policy circles. Yet the financing side of welfare benefit provision (i.e. the state’s mandatory charge of taxes and/or social security contributions) has traditionally been given little attention and remains something of a black box of the welfare state. The fact that some of the financing mechanisms have remained ‘hidden’ has added to the confusion about existing policy alternatives.

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