Do Parties Still Matter in Protecting the Unemployed? A Contextualized Comparison of Great Britain, Sweden and Germany

6th ECPR General Conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 25th-27th August 2011

29 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2014

Date Written: August 1, 2011

Abstract

This paper argues that a more contextualized approach is necessary to shed a brighter light on the question of party convergence in social policy making. Such a contextualized comparison not only considers different political-institutional settings, it also accounts for country-specific differences in the structure and generosity of existing welfare programs and party legacies. Thereby, it is possible to identify differing issues at the heart of the left-right conflict in the same policy area within different countries. Comparing changes in these nominally different but analytically equivalent issues under the influence of increasing external pressures promises insights not obtainable by customary ‘matched comparisons’. Empirically, the paper concentrates on party struggles over unemployment protection systems in Great Britain, Sweden and Germany.

Keywords: Welfare Institutions, Unemployment Insurance, Partisan Politics, Contextualized Comparison

Suggested Citation

Bandau, Frank, Do Parties Still Matter in Protecting the Unemployed? A Contextualized Comparison of Great Britain, Sweden and Germany (August 1, 2011). 6th ECPR General Conference, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 25th-27th August 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2472501 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2472501

Frank Bandau (Contact Author)

University of Bamberg ( email )

Feldkirchenstraße 21
Bamberg, 96045
Germany

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