The Politics of Fiscal and Social Policy Change in Comparative Perspective
The main objective of this seven-year research program is to discover explanations of policy stability and change as they apply fiscal policy, social policy, and the interactions between the two. More specifically, this research program bridges fiscal policy and welfare state research to clarify the causal relationship between ideas and institutions in policy change, as they concern each of the following issues: fiscal federalism, welfare state restructuring, social mobilization, state-building, and colonial legacies as policy factors. In terms of output, this research program should lead to direct outreach efforts and the publication of peer-reviewed scholarship aimed at impacting international policy and social science debates. These outreach and scholarly activities should help scholars, citizens, and policymakers alike grasp the changing nature of, and the evolving relationship between, fiscal and social policies in contemporary societies, while improving their knowledge about to root causes and the direction of policy change in these societies.