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Social protection and revenue collection: How they can jointly contribute to strengthening social cohesion

Francesco Burchi, Armin von Schiller, Christoph Strupat (2020)

Key facts

Journal/Publisher
German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany
Type of publication
Journal article
Elements of social cohesion
Participation
Orientation towards the common good
Shared values
Geographical focus
Theoretical
Main thematic areas
Social protection
Concept & measurement

Summary

Social protection and revenue collection are often regarded as potential drivers of social cohesion. The article joins this debate, providing three main contributions. First, we carefully discuss the concept of social cohesion and endorse one specific definition. Second, we propose using the concept of the “fiscal contract” as the key theoretical lens to understand the often-neglected potential joint effects of social protection and revenue collection policies on social cohesion. Third, we illustrate three main mechanisms through which these policies can have positive or negative impacts on the different components of social cohesion and highlight the relevance of these for policy‐makers deliberations.

Publication_2020_Francesco Burchi, Armin von Schiller, Christoph Strupat

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