2:00--4:00pm, Room C
March 20, 2018
The Welfare State: Unemployment Schemes
This lecture and workshop considers the possibility of a European Unemployment Benefit Scheme (EUBS) as a keyhole-issue into federal solidarity in the EU and the US. It begins by discussing the rationale for a EUBS, which is best done through reference to (and comparison with) the US unemployment insurance system and how both polities weathered the crisis. It then moves on to the most important hurdles to a EUBS: heterogeneity among EU Member States and the principle of subsidiarity (in this case interpreted as the Member States' rights to regulate their own welfare state). And considers Esping-Andersen to illustrate that the EU Member States are sometimes 'worlds apart' and how this differs from the US (without ignoring the important and major differences between the US states). Questions for discussion include: Is a EUBS desirable? Is it feasible? Should the EU look to the US, and if so, what should it learn? What were the strengths and weaknesses of how the US UI system responded to the crisis? How should federal entities balance macro-economic stabilization, federal solidarity and state rights?
The Political Economy of Development Series is sponsored by George Mason University's Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (ppe.gmu.edu) and The Political Economy Project . The series aims to place students in conversation with scholars at the cutting edge of research on questions of profound contemporary significance.