The European Union (EU) poses quite profound questions for scholars and students of the social and political sciences. This benchmark Handbook is designed to provide an authoritative state-of-the art guide to the scope of the field suitable for both established scholars and students of the EU; reflect and contribute to the debates about the nature of the field of EU studies and EU politics in particular; and explore in detail the development of the many approaches to the study of EU politics. Divided into four sections, the Handbook focuses on theorizing European integration; the EU as polity; politics and policy making in the EU; and the EU and the international system.

The Politics of Redistribution

The politics of redistribution


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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