The greatness of modern welfare states

Xavier Landes and Nils Holtug (Copenhagen): Insurance, Equality and the Welfare State: Political Philosophy and (of) Public Insurance. Xavier Landes (Copenhagen) and Pierre-Yves Neron (Lille): Public Insurance and Equality: From Redistribution to Relation. Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): Taxation and the Duty to Alleviate Poverty. Jurgen De Wispelaere and Leticia Morales (McGill): The Stability of Basic Income: A Constitutional Solution for a Political Problem? Income should indeed be guaranteed and universal, but the first job is getting it to where it is most lacking. Bart Hobijn and Alexander Nussbacher on the stimulative effect of redistribution. Dean Baker on how redistribution can involve less government rather than more. What do rich countries have in common? Big government. Thomas Paster (Max Planck): Bringing Power Back In: A Review of the Literature on the Role of Business in Welfare State Politics. Karl Widerquist (Georgetown): The People’s Endowment. From The Monkey Cage, why don’t democracies take from the rich and give to the poor? Vladimir Gimpelson and Daniel Treisman investigate. Why don’t voters take from the rich and give to themselves? Matt Bruenig on the greatness of modern welfare states (which are both good and cool), and on how nobody wants welfare communitarianism. Ralf Rogowski (Warwick) and Jean-Claude Barbier and Fabrice Colomb (Sorbonne): The Sustainability of the European Social Model. Twilight of the Euro welfare state? It’s not from charitable impulse that Germany is reluctant to let Greece leave the common currency.