The Scope of Government

Paperback | September 1, 1998

EditorOle Borre, Elinor Scarbrough

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The arrival of the welfare state in Western Europe brought with it a vast expansion in the role of government. That expansion led to fears that the increased expectations of citizens would lead to government overload and `ungovernability'. This book sheds new and surprisingly light on thewhole idea of a crisis of ungovernability. It begins by examining the expanding scope of government in the post-War period. Drawing on a vast data set stretching back over the last two decades and right across Europe, the book reveals public attitudes towards the range and extent of government activity. Changes in the public's politicalagenda are identified, along with attitudes towards the size of government, taxation, and the equality and security goals of the welfare state. Attitudes towards government intervention in the economy, the environment, and the media are also examined. The final chapters assess the significance for governments of beliefs about the scope of government. Series description This set of five volumes is an exhaustive study of beliefs in government in post-war Europe. Based upon an extensive collection of survey evidence, the results challenge widely argued theories of mass opinion, and much scholarly writing about citizen attitudes towards government and politics. Theseries arises from a research project sponsored by the European Science Foundation. Reviews of the series: `The quality of the empirical analysis is consistently high...[an] important collection of empirical studies addressing the debate about the "crisis of representation" in Europe.' Journal of Public Policy `These volumes contain the work of many of the most important scholars in the field of public opinion in Europe today...These five volumes represent a major contribution to comparative politics, especially the study of mass politics. The chapters provide a wealth of information about publicopinion in contemporary Europe and the relationship between state and society...The volumes clearly will be read by all students of European politics...' Times Educational Supplement `The Beliefs in Government series is a monumental achievement. It tells us at least everything we want to know about the structure of European public opinion'. The Good Society

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The arrival of the welfare state in Western Europe brought with it a vast expansion in the role of government. That expansion led to fears that the increased expectations of citizens would lead to government overload and `ungovernability'. This book sheds new and surprisingly light on thewhole idea of a crisis of ungovernability. It be...

Ole Borre is at University of Aarhus. Elinor Scarbrough is at University of Essex.
Format:PaperbackPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198294743

ISBN - 13:9780198294740

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Table of Contents

1. Ole Borre and Michael Goldsmith: The Scope of GovernmentPART 1: GENERAL ISSUES2. Michael Goldsmith: The Growth of Government3. Edeltraud Roller: Political Agendas and Beliefs about the Scope of Government4. Beate M. Huseby: Attitudes Towards the Size of GovernmentPART II: TAXATION AND POLICY ISSUES5. Maria A. Confalonieri and Kenneth Newton: Taxing and Spending: Tax Revolt or Tax Protest?6. Kenneth Newton and Maria A. Confalonieri: Politics, Economics, Class, and Taxation7. Edeltraud Roller: The Welfare State: The Equality Dimension8. Per Arnt Petterson: The Welfare State: The Security Dimension9. Ole Borre and Jose Manuel Viegas: Government Intervention in the EconomyPART III: THE CULTURAL AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT10. Peter Golding and Leo van Snippenburg: Government,Communications and the Media11. Olof Johansson: Protecting the EnvironmentPART IV: ASSESSING SCOPE-OF-GOVERNMENT BELIEFS12. Ole Borre: Scope-of-Government Beliefs and Political Support13. Ole Borre: Beliefs and the Scope of Government14. Achille Ardigo: Public Attitudes and Changes in Health Care Systems:A Confrontation and a Puzzle

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`These volumes contain the work of many of the most important scholars in the field of public opinion working in Europe today ... These five volumes represent a major contribution to comparative politics, especially the study of mass politics. The chapters provide a wealth of informationabout public opinion in contemporary Europe and the relationship between state and society ... The volumes clearly will be read by all students of European politics, but they should be the beginning of inquiry rather than the end.'Times Educational Supplement