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The Left Divided: The Development and Transformation of Advanced Welfare States

Sara Watson


Why do some countries construct strong systems of social protection, while others leave workers exposed to market forces? One of the most robust findings of the comparative political economy literature is the claim that the more political resources are controlled by the left, the more likely a country is to have generous, universal welfare states. In contrast, this book argues that the strength of the far left is an important and overlooked determinant of social protection outcomes. When the left is divided in either the trade union or party-political arenas, it encourages the moderate left to ... More

Keywords: left parties, trade unions, radical left, welfare state, social protection, Spain, Portugal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190245467
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190245467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Watson, author
Ohio State University