Title
Bipolar federalism and the social welfare state : a case for shared competences Bipolar federalism and the social welfare state : a case for shared competences
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Philadelphia, Pa ,
Subject
Law
Source (journal)
Publius : the journal of federalism. - Philadelphia, Pa, 1971, currens
Volume/pages
43(2013) :1 , p. 1-22
ISSN
0048-5950
1747-7107
ISI
000328329400009
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Comparative studies on the organization of the welfare state in federal systems have referred to Belgium as a model for future federalism, because of its devolutionary nature. In reality, its dyadic or bipolar nature turns Belgian federalism into a unique and highly unstable experiment. However, as long as Brussels obstructs the exit option, the two linguistic groups are doomed to coexistence. Therefore, for Belgium more so than for any other devolutionary state, accommodating both centrifugal dynamics and the need for cohesion is vital. We argue that although dual federalism, including the equality of federal and sub-federal entities and the exclusive allocation of powers, typifies bipolar federal states, a system of shared powers is more suitable when it comes to matters related to social security.
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