The Right and the Welfare State

Hardcover | July 12, 2014

byCarsten Jensen

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The Right and the Welfare State studies the welfare state policies of conservative and liberal governments. These parties have been assumed to be nothing but the welfare-sceptical flip-side of the Left, but the book presents a new theory arguing that the conventional wisdom is wrong. Thepolicy goals of the Right - and the political means by which they pursue them - is a lot less straightforward than simply "pro" or "con" the welfare state. The book uses the distinction between labor market risks and life-course risks in order to explain why the Right's voters care much more about some social programs than about others and why, consequently, the policies of Right governments are much more diverse than is normally thought. The book alsointroduces the concepts of "marketization via layering" and "erode and attack" to help explain the peculiar approach to reforms adopted by Right governments. The book analyses data on public opinion and public policies from a large set of Western democracies and combines this with in-depth casestudies of Australia, Denmark, and the UK.

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The Right and the Welfare State studies the welfare state policies of conservative and liberal governments. These parties have been assumed to be nothing but the welfare-sceptical flip-side of the Left, but the book presents a new theory arguing that the conventional wisdom is wrong. Thepolicy goals of the Right - and the political mea...

Carsten Jensen's research focuses on the role of political parties in public policy-making and opinion formation in Western democracies. He is Associate Professor at Aarhus University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:July 12, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199678413

ISBN - 13:9780199678419

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Theoretical Framework3. Preferences for Risk Protection4. A Quantitative Analysis of the Partisan Politics of Risk Protection5. The Fine Art of Marketization6. Erode and Attack7. New Perspectives on the Welfare State