The Political Economy of the European Union

Work package 7


WP coordinator

Agustín José Menéndez, University of León


The aim of WP 7 is to analyse the relationship between public finance and democracy in the EU’s multilevel political system. There is a connection between the institutional design of a democratic polity and the design of its tax system. WP 7 spells out institutional designs and policy options with regard to the system of financing and the allocation of taxing powers to the European Union. There is a close connection between a polity’s tax system and the purpose of public expenditure, and WP 7 also links such questions to the discussion of the European social model. The division of taxing and spending powers among different levels of governance is considered in light of the central aims of public action in the EU. WP 7 proceeds by identifying the conception of social integration underlying each RECON model, with particular emphasis on the relationship between solidarity, justice and democracy

More details on the research objectives of WP 7.


Publications and findings from WP 7

Research from the project is published in academic journals and books, as well as in RECON’s publication series (reports and online working papers). A complete list of publications and presentations from WP 7 is available for each year of the project.

This research group organises a number of workshops and conferences, as well as panels at international conferences. Complete list of WP 7 events.

RECON participants WP 7

London School of Economics and Political Science
Waltraud Schelkle, Christa van Wijnbergen, Joan Costa-i-Font

Stefan Collignon (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa)

University of Bremen
Florian Rödl

University of León
Agustín José Menéndez (coordinator), Flavia Carbonell, Fernando Losada Fraga, Raul Letelier Wartenberg

University of Auckland
David Mayes, Christine Cheyne, Anna Michalski, Crispin Shore, Mark Thomson