Political parties , institutions , and the dynamics of social expenditure in times of austerity

@inproceedings{Kittel2002PoliticalP,
  title={Political parties , institutions , and the dynamics of social expenditure in times of austerity},
  author={Bernhard Kittel and Herbert Obinger},
  year={2002}
}
The containment of social expenditure growth has been (and still is) a core issue of public policy in advanced industrial countries since the 1980s and has received much academic attention during that period. Among the most extensively discussed explanatory factors of social expenditure are partisan politics and political institutions, as well as the dependency of the real impact of the former on the latter. The paper distinguishes five competing theoretical perspectives and explores their… CONTINUE READING

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