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

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This paper surveys the recent studies that analysed the relation between party politics and the welfare state in terms different from traditional partisan politics. Partisan theory sees parties as representatives of social constituencies (mostly defined in terms of industrial classes) and argues that policy output depends on the partisan composition of governments. Recent studies have departed from this theory in at least three ways. Some have argued that party systems and the interaction between parties within these systems matters. Others have highlighted the different kinds of linkages between parties and electorates (particularistic versus programmatic). Yet other scholars have emphasised that electoral constituencies have changed and do not correspond to those of the industrial age any more. Each of these aspects has implications for the politics of the welfare state that diverge from the predictions of partisan theory. By bringing together these criticisms and new approaches we engage in a theoretical discussion of ‘partisan politics’ and power resource theory. While some of the criticisms are motivated by historical changes in recent decades others apply also to the politics of earlier phases of welfare state development. In conclusion, we propose scope conditions for partisan theory and indicate fruitful paths of further research on party politics and the welfare state.

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Name: Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies
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Picot, Georg. and Geering, Dominik. "Rethinking Party Politics and the Welfare State: Recent Advances in the Literature" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, Apr 15, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400590_index.html>

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Picot, G. and Geering, D. , 2010-04-15 "Rethinking Party Politics and the Welfare State: Recent Advances in the Literature" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p400590_index.html

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Abstract: This paper surveys the recent studies that analysed the relation between party politics and the welfare state in terms different from traditional partisan politics. Partisan theory sees parties as representatives of social constituencies (mostly defined in terms of industrial classes) and argues that policy output depends on the partisan composition of governments. Recent studies have departed from this theory in at least three ways. Some have argued that party systems and the interaction between parties within these systems matters. Others have highlighted the different kinds of linkages between parties and electorates (particularistic versus programmatic). Yet other scholars have emphasised that electoral constituencies have changed and do not correspond to those of the industrial age any more. Each of these aspects has implications for the politics of the welfare state that diverge from the predictions of partisan theory. By bringing together these criticisms and new approaches we engage in a theoretical discussion of ‘partisan politics’ and power resource theory. While some of the criticisms are motivated by historical changes in recent decades others apply also to the politics of earlier phases of welfare state development. In conclusion, we propose scope conditions for partisan theory and indicate fruitful paths of further research on party politics and the welfare state.


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