Welfare Democracies and Party Politics: Explaining Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare Capitalism

ISBN : 9780198807971

Philip Manow; Bruno Palier; Hanna Schwander
384 ページ
156 x 234 mm

This book explains why the political reactions to crises such as the economic crisis from 2008 to 2012 or the following migration crisis varies across Europe. The book argues that the structure of the political and economic systems of the European countries, which cluster into four welfare democracies (Nordic, Continental, Southern, and Anglo-Saxon), explains their different political reactions. It provides a coherent politics-based explanation for three core findings, namely that a) European party systems grow more similar over time with the rise of radical left parties in Northern Europe and radical right parties in Southern Europe, that b) despite its often decried demise in the 1980s and 1990s, the welfare state is more popular than ever among parties and voters, and that c) in terms of party politics, the Europeanization process has turned much more controversial which is reflected both among party elites' and voters' attitudes and behaviour.


1 Philip Manow, Bruno Palier, and Hanna Schwander: Welfare Democracies and Party Politics: Explaining Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare: Introduction
2 Jonathan Polk and Jan Rovny: Welfare Democracies and Multidimensional Party Competition in Europe
3 Herbert Kitschelt and Philip Rehm: Determinants of Dimension Dominance
4 Johannes Lindvall and David Rueda: Public Opinion, Party Politics, and the Welfare State
5 Kimberly J. Morgan: Varieties of Electoral Dilemmas: Partisan Jousting over Welfare States and Immigration in a Changing Europe
6 Silja Hausermann: Social Democracy and the Welfare State in Context: The Conditioning Effect of Institutional and Party Competition
7 Alexandre Afonso and Line Rennwald: The Changing Welfare State Agenda of Radical Right Parties in Europe
8 Hanna Schwander: Electoral Demand, Party Competition, and Family Policy: The Politics of a New Policy Field
9 Ben Ansell and Jane Gingrich: Skills in Demand? Higher Education and Social Investment in Europe
10 Torben Iversen and David Soskice: A Structural-Institutional Explanation of the Eurozone Crisis
11 Bruno Palier, Jan Rovny, and Allision E. Rovny: The Dual Dualization of Europe: Economic Convergence, Divergence, and their Political Consequences
12 Philip Manow, Bruno Palier, and Hanna Schwander: 1. Welfare Democracies and Party Politics: Explaining Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare: Conclusion


Philip Manow is Professor of Comparative Political Economy, University of Bremen. His research interests include comparative welfare state research, the German political system, European integration and Political Theory. Publications include In the King's Shadow. The Political Anatomy of Democratic Representation (Polity Press, 2010) and Religion, Class Coalitions and Welfare States, Cambridge Studies on Social Theory, Religion and Politics (co-authored with Kees van Kersbergen, CUP, 2009). ; Bruno Palier is CNRS Research Director at Sciences Po, Centre d'etudes europeennes. He is studying welfare reforms in Europe. He is co-director of LIEPP (Laboratory for interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies). His publications include Reforming the Bismarckian Welfare Systems (John Wiley and Sons, 2009) and Globalization and European Welfare States: Challenges and Change (co-authored with Nathalie Morel and Joakim Palme, 2011).; Hanna Schwander is a Senior Researcher with an Ambizione-Project on women's political alignment at the Department of Political Science, University of Zurich and prospective Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School in Berlin. Located at the intersection between comparative politics, political sociology and political economy, her research is guided by an interest in how post-industrial transformations of welfare states, labor markets and societies affect various aspects of the political life.