Redistribution, Globalisation, and Multi-Level Governance

28 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2014

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Peter Dietsch

University of Montreal

Thomas Rixen

University of Bamberg - Department of Political Science

Date Written: September 28, 2014

Abstract

Global income inequalities are met with increasing calls for direct supranational redistribution. This paper argues that from the perspective of political feasibility, this approach should not be prioritised. We use the example of tax competition to show that supranational regulation that stops short of direct redistribution has better chances of being implemented. Moreover, as the case of tax competition illustrates, such regulation can help to shore up the capacity of nation states to redistribute internally, which indirectly tends to reduce global inequalities, too. Against this background, we formulate the conditional subsidiarity principle of redistribution. It states that when the case for direct supranational redistribution is built on the alleged incapacity of the state to redistribute due to the pressures of globalisation, our first instinct should be regulatory reform in order to restore this capacity. Finally, the paper asks whether two prominent proposals for global taxation – the global resource dividend and the financial transaction tax – pass the test of the conditional subsidiarity principle.

Suggested Citation

Dietsch, Peter and Rixen, Thomas, Redistribution, Globalisation, and Multi-Level Governance (September 28, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2502523 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2502523

Peter Dietsch

University of Montreal ( email )

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Canada

Thomas Rixen (Contact Author)

University of Bamberg - Department of Political Science ( email )

Feldkirchenstrasse 21
96045 Bamberg
Germany

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