Fairness and the EC budget: Is Spain tilting at windmills?
The poorer member states of the EC are often disappointed at what they see as a very limited degree of redistribution of resources
away from the richer members towards the less well off. In a recent paper to the intergovernmental conference (IGC) on political
union, for example, Spain calls for a number of measures, including explicit inter-state budget transfers, in order to increase
the rate of convergence of income levels across member states. The purpose of this paper is to review the degree of redistribution
entailed by the EC budget system as it works at present and to make some conjectures about the implications of pursuing the
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