Reconsidering the fiscal-social policy nexus: The case of social insurance

Michal Koreh, Daniel Béland

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Bridging existing streams of fiscal and social policy research, this article lays the foundations for a fiscal-centred perspective on welfare state development and restructuring. This perspective is grounded in two interlocking claims. The first is that social insurance systems financed by contributions can be used by state and non-state actors to advance their fiscal goals, beyond the financing of social benefits and services. The second is that, through different mechanisms such as legitimacy production, institutional design, and coalition building, the design and management of social insurance contribution policies for such fiscal purposes can have a direct impact on social programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-286
Number of pages16
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2017

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© Policy Press 2017.


  • Social insurance
  • Social policy
  • Taxation
  • Welfare state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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