The Risk of Social Policy? uses a comparative perspective to
systematically analyse the effects of social policy reforms and
welfare state retrenchment on voting choice for the government. It
re-examines twenty elections in OECD countries to show if and how
social policy issues drive elections.
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
Making an important contribution to studies in political economy
and welfare by questioning the assumption that social policy is an
inherently controversial policy field in times of elections, The
Risk of Social Policy? will be of interest to scholars and students
concerned with the interplay between government and citizens,
social policy and voting behaviour, and the political economy of
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