The political geography of inequality : regions and redistribution / Pablo Beramendi. [electronic resource]
- Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
- Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Cambridge studies in comparative politics
1 online resource (318 p.)
European Union countries -- Economic conditions -- Regional disparities.
North America -- Economic conditions -- Regional disparities.
- This book addresses two questions - why some political systems have more centralized systems of interpersonal redistribution than others, and why some political unions make larger efforts to equalize resources among their constituent units than others. This book presents a new theory of the origin of fiscal structures in systems with several levels of government. The argument points to two major factors to account for the variation in redistribution: the interplay between economic geography and political representation on the one hand, and the scope of interregional economic externalities on the other. To test the empirical implications derived from the argument, the book relies on in-depth studies of the choice of fiscal structures in unions as diverse as the European Union, Canada and the United States in the aftermath of the Great Depression; Germany before and after Reunification; and Spain after the transition to democracy.
- List of tables
List of figures
Regions and redistributions: introduction and overview
A theory of fiscal structures in political unions
The road ahead: the empirical strategy
The European Union: economic geography and fiscal structures under centrifugal representation
North America's divide: distributive tensions, risk sharing, and the centralization of public insurance in federations
Germany's reunification: distributive tensions and fiscal structures and under centripetal representation
Endogenous decentralization and welfare resilience: Spain, 1978-2007
The legacy of history
The political geography of inequality: summary and implications.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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