Rowman and Littlefield International

The Clientelistic Turn in Welfare State Policy-Making

Party Politics in Times of Austerity

By Evelyne Hübscher

Publication Date: Dec 2018

Pages 208

Hardback 9781785522277
£50.00 €70.00 $80.00
Using a mix of quantitative methods and case study research, this book critically assesses the impact of party governments in different institutional settings on welfare state generosity and labour market reforms. Its key findings contradict earlier established views on the impact of leftist governments on welfare state policies. Specifically, left-wing governments are pursuing clientelistic policies when facing high institutional constraints and austerity and turn out to cater towards the core workforce rather than designing policies for the full range of labour market participants.

Preface / Chapter 1: Yes, They Can – Partisan Impact on Welfare State Change / Chapter 2: The Politics of Welfare State Retrenchment – A Re-Assessment / Chapter 3: Party Politics and Political Constraints / Chapter 4: Austerity, Party Governments and Welfare State Output / Chapter 5: The Mechanisms of Clientelistic Politics – Case Study Framework / Chapter 6: Germany / Chapter 7: Ireland / Chapter 8: Discussion and Conclusion

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