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The political economy of governance capacity and institutional change: The case of basic income security reform in European Welfare States

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JournalSocial Policy and Society
DateAccepted/In press - 20 Nov 2018
DateE-pub ahead of print - 6 Feb 2019
DatePublished (current) - Apr 2019
Issue number2
Volume18
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)243-263
Early online date6/02/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This article will situate public debates about - and experiments in features of - basic income within European countries in the context of welfare state crisis and change. Treating access to basic income security as a policy problem, I argue basic income policy debate highlights the need for multi-level and multifactorial analysis of public governance capacity as a key factor in driving the relationship of basic income with welfare state transformation. Drawing on the cases within this themed section, I attempt to tease out what comparatively are long-run conditions for basic income within state and society, and what are the political and institutional trade-offs at the current juncture. Exploring contributing determinants of governance corrosion and adaptation of public economic security structures under globalisation contributes to deepen our understanding of contemporary patterns of institutional change.

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  • Governance capacity, basic income experiments, democratisation, institutional change, liberalisation

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