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Liberalism and the Welfare StateEconomists and Arguments for the Welfare State$
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Roger E. Backhouse, Bradley W. Bateman, Tamotsu Nishizawa, and Dieter Plehwe

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676681

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190676681.001.0001

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National versus Supranational Collective Goods

National versus Supranational Collective Goods

The Evolution of Neoliberal Federalism

(p.171) 9 National versus Supranational Collective Goods
Liberalism and the Welfare State

Fabio Masini

Oxford University Press

The recent and growing literature concerning the birth and history of neoliberalism stresses the importance of supranational economic governance and institutions for the neoliberal project. Sometimes this international order is allegedly supposed to be based on a federal structure. The crucial point is that the division of power and competences among different layers of government may be instrumental to decreasing the room for maneuver in the provision of collective goods, basically the core of the welfare state. This is the approach to supranational federalism that has proved successful in the last few decades, defeating the more heterogeneous and pluralistic attitude toward the trade-off between national and supranational public goods of its origins. The aim of this chapter is to enquire into the evolution of neoliberal thought as concerns the use of different layers of government as an instrument to provide relevant public goods for citizens’ welfare.

Keywords:   international order, instrumental and constitutional federalism, collective goods, welfare state, multilayer government, institutional competition

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