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Elections, Parties, DemocracyConferring the Median Mandate$
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Michael D. McDonald and Ian Budge

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199286720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199286728.001.0001

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Long‐Term Policy Regimes: Incrementalism Put in Context

Long‐Term Policy Regimes: Incrementalism Put in Context

(p.171) 10 Long‐Term Policy Regimes: Incrementalism Put in Context
Elections, Parties, Democracy

Michael D. McDonald (Contributor Webpage)

Ian Budge (Contributor Webpage)

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Policy outcomes are rather stable while politics in the short-term are in a state of flux — one which oscillates round long-term equilibrium point which is fairly stable within each country. Such well-established policy positions distinguish long-term policy regimes within each country. To change these, governments need popular support over fairly long periods of time, which usually is not forthcoming. Typically, actual policy outputs oscillate round a long-term equilibrium, which does not change very much over a four or five election period.

Keywords:   policy regimes, long term policy, national norms, policy equilibrium, long term stability, oscillations, national differences, incrementalism

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