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    Devolved social security systems: principal-agent versus multi-level governance

    Mabbett, Deborah and Bolderson, H. (1999) Devolved social security systems: principal-agent versus multi-level governance. Journal of Public Policy 18 (2), pp. 177-200. ISSN 0143-814X.

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    Abstract

    This paper presents an analytical framework for comparing patterns of devolution to subnational governments and autonomous social insurance institutions in social security systems. The framework has two components. One is an analysis of financial structures along the dimensions of financial autonomy (indicated by the extent to which the administering institution raises its own revenue or depends on central grants) and financial responsibility (indicated by whether marginal costs are borne by the administering institution). The other component of the framework concerns the assignment of policy-making power; in particular, we contrast the effects of competitive and cooperative modes of devolution. The discussion uses examples from Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the USA. While we looked for ‘principal-agent’ relationships between central governments and administering institutions, we found that more complex multi-level governance structures prevailed in most cases.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 14:37
    Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 14:37
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20225

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