Party Government, Institutions, and Social Protection in the Age of Austerity
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Staatstätigkeiten, Parteien und Demokratie
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In a recent survey of the welfare state impacts of political parties, Manfred Schmidt concludes (2010: 223): “…partisan theory remains a valuable tool in the comparative study of the welfare state in economically advanced democratic states…” Schmidt cites, among other evidence, clear programmatic differences in the early 2000s between social democratic and secular center-right parties on the issue of raising taxes to support enhanced social protection, the mode of welfare state finance, and the overall balance between state and market in the production of welfare.