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The Politics of Redistribution
The politics of redistribution
Introduction

Scholarship on the EU has not engaged very much with the concept of redistribution in a broad sense, but has tended to focus on a single redistributive policy area, that of regional policy.1 This focus, while reflecting a narrow conceptualization of redistribution, relating to financial transfers between member states, is understandable because it takes a direct and relatively tangible form (accounts for a third of the EU budget). However, this focus overshadows the importance of the direct redistributive effects of both financial non-financial EU policies in other policy areas and on the EU's indirect effects on the redistributive policies of its member (and accession) states. This chapter considers both the narrow conceptualization of financial redistribution, covering the main ...

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