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Symbolic politics or effective burden-sharing? Redistribution, side-payments and the European refugee fund

Thielemann, Eiko R. (2005) Symbolic politics or effective burden-sharing? Redistribution, side-payments and the European refugee fund. Journal of Common Market Studies, 43 (4). pp. 807-824. ISSN 0021-9886

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Abstract

Explicitly redistributive EU policy instruments are rare. This article seeks to account for the recent establishment of the European refugee fund (ERF), and assess its effectiveness in 'promoting a balance of efforts in receiving and bearing the consequences of displaced persons'. It argues that the decision to create the ERF can be interpreted as an act of partly solidaristic, but mostly symbolic, EU politics. The ERF's redistributive rules are characterized by a side-payment logic in which countries that possess the greatest potential (or most credible threat) to cause difficulties in other areas of EU policy-making are most influential when it comes to the distribution of EU spoils. While this logic can facilitate moves towards further integration, it undermines the achievement of the EU's redistributive objectives.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/JCMS
Additional Information: © 2005 Wiley
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Government
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2008 14:18
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/16745/

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