The Risk of Social Policy?: The electoral consequences of welfare state retrenchment and social policy performance in OECD countries
Title: The Risk of Social Policy?: The electoral consequences of welfare state retrenchment and social policy performance in OECD countries
Author: GIGER, Nathalie
Publisher: London/New York, Routledge
Citation: London/New York, Routledge, 2011, Routledge/EUI studies in the political economy of welfare, 13
This book contributes to the existing literature by providing an empirical analysis of the electoral implications of social policy. Giger asks the basic research question: What are the electoral consequences of social policy performance and retrenchment? More specifically, the following questions are addressed in order to provide a systematic test of the topic: Is retrenchment indeed completely unpopular? Do people punish the government for bad performance in the field of social policy? And what are the political implications of such a punishment reaction; does it affect the government composition? It shows empirically that the risks of welfare state retrenchment to incumbent governments may be lower than previously thought, and presents a theoretical framework for re-examining the impact of retrenchment initiatives on election outcome.