Social policy and entitlements: a proposal for reform

Andries Nentjes

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Abstract

Welfare states citizens have entitlements to a variety of social services provided for free or a price far below cost, such as education, health care, social security and housing. Every citizen benefits, but in their present organisation the social services also have major deficiencies: lack of choice, incentives encouraging over-consumption, X-inefficiency, in-transparency of benefit distribution and bureaucratic red tape. The paper proposes a radical reform by entitling every citizen with a fixed budget for lifetime consumption in the domain of social policy and by delegating the decisions on how to spend the budget to the budget holder.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHETERODOX VIEWS ON ECONOMICS AND THE ECONOMY OF THE GLOBAL SOCIETY
EditorsG Meijer, WJM Heijman, JAC VanOphem, BHJ Verstegen
Place of PublicationWAGENINGEN
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages169-184
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-90-8686-588-8
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event8th Conference of the International-Society-for-Intercommunication-of-New-Ideas (ISINI) - , Netherlands
Duration: 25-Aug-200526-Aug-2005

Publication series

NameMansholt Publication Series
PublisherWAGENINGEN ACAD PUBL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1871-9309

Other

Other8th Conference of the International-Society-for-Intercommunication-of-New-Ideas (ISINI)
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
Period25/08/200526/08/2005

Keywords

  • social policy reform
  • vouchers
  • public provided private goods
  • welfare state
  • PATH DEPENDENCE

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