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 outcome. 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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