The Repoliticization of the Welfare State
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The Repoliticization of the Welfare State grapples with the evolving nature of political conflict over social spending after the Great Recession. While the severity of the economic crisis encouraged strong social spending responses to protect millions of individuals, governments have faced growing pressure to reduce budgets and make deep cuts to the welfare state. Whereas conservative parties have embraced fiscal discipline and welfare state cuts, left-wing parties have turned away from austerity in favor of higher social spending. These political differences represent a return of traditional left-right beliefs over social spending and economic governance. This book is one of the first to systematically compare welfare state politics before and after the Great Recession, arguing that a new and lasting post-crisis dynamic has emerged where political parties once again matter for social spending. At the heart of this repoliticization are intense ideological debates over market regulation, social inequality, redistribution, and the role of the state. The book analyzes social spending dynamics for 28 countries before and after the crisis. It also includes in-depth country case studies representing five distinct welfare state types: Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, and the Czech Republic.
KeywordsGreat Recession, Global Economic Crisis, Global Financial Crisis, Worlds of welfare capitalism, Welfare states, Social spending, Social expenditures, Social policy, Welfare spending, Redistribution, Austerity, Retrenchment, Neoliberalism, Partisanship, Left-right political conflict, Political partisanship, Partisan politics, Political parties, Party manifestos, European social spending, European Union, Eurozone, Europe, Government ideology, OECD countries, Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, Czech Republic, Liberal welfare state, Social democratic, Social democratic welfare state, Nordic welfare state, Conservative welfare state, Continental welfare state, Eastern European welfare state, Southern European welfare state
ISBN9780472075324, 9780472055326, 9780472220090
Publication date and place2022
Politics & government