The Electoral Consequences of Third Way Welfare State Reforms

Social Democracy’s Transformation and Its Political Costs

Christoph Arndt

Christoph Arndt

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

220 pages | 48 tables | 6 x 9
Paper $57.50 ISBN: 9789089644503 Published August 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In recent decades, Western nations have increasingly implemented encompassing welfare state reforms that try to establish equality through social programs and governmental intervention rather than direct redistribution of funds. In this book, Christoph Arndt examines the political ramifications of reforming deeply entrenched welfare states through a careful comparative analysis of four European countries that recalibrated their system of social protection under social democratic governments.  Arndt discovers that the "third way" has produced a setback for social democrats and that the nature and scale of this setback is contingent on each country’s electoral system.

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