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Fiscal federalism, subsidiarity and the EU budget review

By Iain Begg

Abstract

Against the backdrop of the review of the EU budget currently in progress, this paper revisits the academic literature on multi-level public finance and analyses to what extent theory can inform the discussion on budget reform. The answer may seem dis-heartening, in so far as the exploration reveals that theory does not provide a conclusive roadmap for reform. However, the paper argues that Europe is facing hard political choices that must be based on a serious discussion of what we want the EU to be and to do

Topics: HJ Public Finance, JN Political institutions (Europe)
Publisher: Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:23811
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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