Layered Social Federalism: From the Myth of Exclusive Competences to the Categorical Imperative of Cooperation

in Cantillon, Bea, Popelier, Patricia & Mussche, Ninke (eds), Social Federalism: The Creation of a Layered Welfare State: The Belgian Case, Cambridge, Intersentia, 2011, pp 279-290

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Johanne Poirier

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

In this paper, the author discusses Popelier, Cantillon and Mussche’s proposal to replace the principle of exclusivity of the distribution of competences by a larger catalogue of options. After summarizing the authors’ arguments for greater coordination between public actors (I), she reflects on some potential advantages and risks of altering and/or adopting alternative modes of distribution of competences (II); the potential legitimisation of the so-called “spending power” (III); the ghost of the “joint decision trap” (IV) and the virtues and hazards of cooperation (V). She then offers some remarks on the link between social protection and identity politics in a multinational context, and concludes that Popelier, Cantillon and Mussche’s proposal should be given serious consideration (VI).

Keywords: distribution of competences, social protection, coordination, cooperation, public actors, spending power, joint decision trap, identity politics, multinational, federalism, Belgium

Suggested Citation

Poirier, Johanne, Layered Social Federalism: From the Myth of Exclusive Competences to the Categorical Imperative of Cooperation (January 1, 2011). in Cantillon, Bea, Popelier, Patricia & Mussche, Ninke (eds), Social Federalism: The Creation of a Layered Welfare State: The Belgian Case, Cambridge, Intersentia, 2011, pp 279-290. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2695884

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