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Rethinking Party Politics and the Welfare State: Recent Advances in the Literature


Häusermann, Silja; Picot, Georg; Geering, Dominik (2013). Rethinking Party Politics and the Welfare State: Recent Advances in the Literature. British Journal of Political Science, 43(1):221-240.

Abstract

This article discusses recent research on party politics and the welfare state that differs from traditional ‘partisan politics theory’. The traditional approach states that left-wing and right-wing parties hold contrasting positions on welfare issues, depending on the interests of their respective electorates. This view has recently been challenged by three strands of research, which emphasize (1) the effects of electoral change on parties’ policy positions, (2) the role of context, notably electoral institutions, party competition and the configuration of party systems, and (3) the impact of different linkages between parties and electorates (particularistic versus programmatic). The implications of these arguments for the applicability of partisan theory are presented, and theoretical and empirical issues are identified for further research.

This article discusses recent research on party politics and the welfare state that differs from traditional ‘partisan politics theory’. The traditional approach states that left-wing and right-wing parties hold contrasting positions on welfare issues, depending on the interests of their respective electorates. This view has recently been challenged by three strands of research, which emphasize (1) the effects of electoral change on parties’ policy positions, (2) the role of context, notably electoral institutions, party competition and the configuration of party systems, and (3) the impact of different linkages between parties and electorates (particularistic versus programmatic). The implications of these arguments for the applicability of partisan theory are presented, and theoretical and empirical issues are identified for further research.

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Other titles:Partisan Politics and the Welfare State: Recent Advances in the Literature
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:January 2013
Deposited On:15 Feb 2013 10:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:27
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0007-1234
Additional Information:Copyright: Cambridge University Press
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007123412000336
Related URLs:http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JPS (Publisher)
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-72603

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