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How welfare states shape the democratic public : policy feedback, participation, voting and attitudes

Author: Staffan Kumlin; Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen
Publisher: Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA, USA : Edward Elgar, [2014] ©2014
Series: Globalization and welfare.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Staffan Kumlin and Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen bring together political scientists and sociologists from different and frequently separated research communities to examine policy feedback in European welfare states. In doing so, they offer a rich menu of different methodological approaches. The book demonstrates how long-term policy legacies and short-term policy change affect the public, but also shows that such  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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How welfare states shape the democratic public.
Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, 2014
(OCoLC)865492104
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Staffan Kumlin; Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen
ISBN: 9781782545491 1782545492
OCLC Number: 869095217
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 337 pages).
Contents: PART I Introduction: 1. Citizens, policy feedback, and European welfare states --
PART II Participation and involvement: 2. Empowering cuts? Austerity policies and political involvement in Spain --
3. How welfare states shape participatory patterns --
4. Varieties of capitalism, education and inequalities in political participation --
PART III Voting behaviour and elections: 5. Structuring the vote: welfare institutions and value-based vote choices --
6. Labour market policies and party preferences of fixed-term workers --
7. The electoral consequences of reforming a Bismarckian welfare state --
8. Waking up the giant? Hospital closures and electoral punishment in Sweden --
PART IV Attitudes and evaluations: 9. Policy feedback in political context: unemployment benefits, election campaigns, and democratic satisfaction --
10. Social policy, legitimation and diverging regional paths in Belgium --
11. Raising the retirement age: retrenchment, feedback and attitudes --12. Popular deservingness of the unemployed in the context of welfare state policies, economic conditions and cultural climate --
13. How proximate and visible policies shape self-interest, satisfaction, and spending support: the case of public service production --
14. Informed performance evaluation ofthe welfare state? Experimental and real-world findings --
PART V Conclusions: 15. How welfare states shape the democratic public: borrowing strength across research communities.
Series Title: Globalization and welfare.
Responsibility: edited by Steffan Kumlin and Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen.

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