A decade-old conflict between the central and local governments over the social welfare budget is becoming more intense amid slow economic recovery. This is compounded by not only the entangled intergovernmental transfer system but also the obscure provisions in relevant laws and statues for the assignment of appropriate function and responsibility to local governments. This study aims to minimize congestion costs by providing an institutional framework for clarifying the respective functions of the central and local governments in social service provisions. The study is composed of three parts.
First, Part I examines the current status of social welfare provisions by the central and local governments in order to specify the main source of their contention over fiscal allocation. It also explores the possibility of an amicable settlement in the given institutional system. Second, Part II discusses the limitations in the existing legal institutions related to social welfare and local autonomy and analyzes the possibility of structural reforms.
Finally, Part III presents standard rules to reassign central and local government responsibility in the social service sector based on the economic theory of decentralization. Simulation results confirm that the classification of central and local responsibility for matching grants social programs can improve the fiscal space of local governments by reducing their matching burdens from 1.1 to 1.7 trillion won.
- 중앙과 지방의 사회복지재정 형평화 연구(An institutional framework for redefining the role of central and local governments in social service provisions)
- 고제이; 김재호; 이근재; 이상호; 조성규; 최병호
중앙과 지방의 사회복지재정 형평화 연구(An institutional framework for redefining the role of central and local governments in social service provisions)
재정분담체계 재구조화를 중심으로
서울 : 한국보건사회연구원
|Series Title; No||연구보고서|
|Subject Country||South Korea(Asia and Pacific)|
|Subject||Social Development < Social Welfare|