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Welfare Democracies and Party Politics: Explaining Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare Capitalism

Philip Manow, Bruno Palier, and Hanna Schwander


Europe’s political landscapes are in turmoil; new radical parties challenge the established political order. This book locates Europe’s contemporary challenges within the longer economic and political trajectories of its “welfare democracies.” It argues forcefully that it is imperative to understand the specific structures of political competition and voter–party links to make sense of the political and economic turmoil of the last decades. In four distinct European welfare democracies (Nordic, continental, southern, and Anglo-Saxon), the political economy, the party system, and the structure ... More

Keywords: welfare democracies, party competition, electoral politics, political parties, voter dealignment, voter realignment, radical parties, welfare state, multidimensionality of political competition, party ideology

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198807971
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807971.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Manow, editor
Professor of Comparative Political Economy, University of Bremen

Bruno Palier, editor
CNRS Research Director, Centre d'études européennes, Sciences Po, Paris

Hanna Schwander, editor
Senior Researcher, University of Zurich

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Part I The Structure of Political Competition

3 Determinants of Dimension Dominance

Herbert Kitschelt and Philipp Rehm

Part II Changes in Electoral Politics

Part III The Move toward the Social Investment Welfare State

Part IV Origins and Consequences of the Euro Crisis

12 Conclusions: Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare Capitalism

Philip Manow, Hanna Schwander, and Bruno Palier

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