Ian P. McManus (ICS), “Political Parties as Drivers of Post-Crisis Social Spending Across Liberal Welfare States” (May 25th, 2017).

Ian presented his paper. Here’s the abstract:

“In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, the challenges facing welfare states are unprecedented. While government leaders have been in broad agreement that the severity of the recession called for decisive actions to limit the costs of the crisis, national responses have differed significantly. This article seeks to explain these divergent patterns and answer the critical question: how has the crisis affected the politics of social spending across liberal welfare states? This research tests the effects of political parties on social spending across nine liberal welfare states during the pre-crisis (1990-2007) and post-crisis (2008-2013) periods. It also provides in-depth analysis of the United States and the United Kingdom, two representative liberal welfare states who adopted highly dissimilar post-crisis social spending. The findings demonstrate that while political parties were not correlated with social spending during the pre-crisis period, after the global economic crisis they were significant in influencing social spending. This indicates an important shift in political dynamics across liberal welfare states over time that has not been accounted for by the existing literature.”



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