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Presentation Title

European Federalism and the Welfare State: How Free Movement, Subsidiarity, and the Central Bank Pressure E.U. Member States to Cut Social Safety Net Spending

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Matthew Cunliffe '13Follow

Location

Young 111

Abstract

Although the European Union’s Single Market has brought growth and peace via interdependence and cooperation, the Market’s provision of free movement of labor and capital has negatively affected social-welfare spending. States acknowledge that the free movement of immigrants from lower- to higher-income countries strains social programs, but analysts rarely ask why or how this happens. In this thesis, I argue that the combination of free movement and the principle of “subsidiarity” creates a competitive climate of taxation that pressures states to greatly reduce per person spending on social safety net programs in the E.U.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 10:00 AM

End Date

4-9-2013 10:20 AM

Panel

Panel: Economics and Politics

Panel Moderator

Rand Smith

Field of Study for Presentation

Politics

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European Federalism and the Welfare State: How Free Movement, Subsidiarity, and the Central Bank Pressure E.U. Member States to Cut Social Safety Net Spending

Young 111

Although the European Union’s Single Market has brought growth and peace via interdependence and cooperation, the Market’s provision of free movement of labor and capital has negatively affected social-welfare spending. States acknowledge that the free movement of immigrants from lower- to higher-income countries strains social programs, but analysts rarely ask why or how this happens. In this thesis, I argue that the combination of free movement and the principle of “subsidiarity” creates a competitive climate of taxation that pressures states to greatly reduce per person spending on social safety net programs in the E.U.