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The politics of justification [electronic resource] : party competition and welfare-state retrenchment in Denmark and the Netherlands from 1982 to 1998 / Christoffer Green-Pedersen.

By: Green-Pedersen, Christoffer.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Changing Welfare States: Publisher: Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2002Description: 1 online resource (207 p.).ISBN: 0585496447 (electronic bk.); 9780585496443 (electronic bk.); 9789048505159 (electronic bk.); 9048505151 (electronic bk.); 9789053565902; 9053565906; 1280958847; 9781280958847.Subject(s): Welfare state -- Denmark | Welfare state -- Netherlands | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare | SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Human Services | Electronic books | �Etat providence -- Danemark | �Etat providence -- Pays-Bas | Bezuinigingen | Verzorgingsstaat | Politieke partijen | Parteienwettbewerb | Wohlfahrtsstaat | Stagnation | D�anemark | Niederlande | Society and social sciences | Politics and government | Geschichte 1982-1998 | Political scienceGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Politics of justification.DDC classification: 361.65/09489 Other classification: 71.81 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
From theories of expansion to theories of retrenchment -- A framework for government choice on retrenchment -- Research strategy and research design -- Retrenchments in Denmark and the Netherlands -- Dutch Politics and welfare-state retrenchment : How party competition produced consensus -- Danish politics and welfare-state retrenchment : The difficulties of a right-wing government and the possibilities of a left-wing government -- The evidence on balance and some quibbles -- Party politics matter - summary and implications.
Summary: "The Politics of Justification is an investigation of welfare retrenchment in Denmark and the Netherlands, 1982-1998. Welfare retrenchment is politically highly controversial, but still governments do retrench. This book argues that governments can implement retrenchment if they can achieve a party political consensus allowing them to frame retrenchment in a way that makes it seems justified to the electorate. In the Netherlands, such a consensus emerged in the mid 1980s due to the power of the CDA. It has allowed Dutch government to implement a number of welfare retrenchments. In Denmark, a consensus did not emerge until the Social Democratic Party re-entered government in 1993 explaining why the Danish welfare state has seen less retrenchment than the Dutch one. With its focus on the strategies of the political parties, the book differs from many other studies of the subject focusing on the role of political institutions"--Publisher's description.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 175-196) and index.

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From theories of expansion to theories of retrenchment -- A framework for government choice on retrenchment -- Research strategy and research design -- Retrenchments in Denmark and the Netherlands -- Dutch Politics and welfare-state retrenchment : How party competition produced consensus -- Danish politics and welfare-state retrenchment : The difficulties of a right-wing government and the possibilities of a left-wing government -- The evidence on balance and some quibbles -- Party politics matter - summary and implications.

"The Politics of Justification is an investigation of welfare retrenchment in Denmark and the Netherlands, 1982-1998. Welfare retrenchment is politically highly controversial, but still governments do retrench. This book argues that governments can implement retrenchment if they can achieve a party political consensus allowing them to frame retrenchment in a way that makes it seems justified to the electorate. In the Netherlands, such a consensus emerged in the mid 1980s due to the power of the CDA. It has allowed Dutch government to implement a number of welfare retrenchments. In Denmark, a consensus did not emerge until the Social Democratic Party re-entered government in 1993 explaining why the Danish welfare state has seen less retrenchment than the Dutch one. With its focus on the strategies of the political parties, the book differs from many other studies of the subject focusing on the role of political institutions"--Publisher's description.

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