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Why Welfare States Persist: The Importance of Public Opinion in Democracies

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The world's richer democracies all provide such public benefits as pensions and health care, but why are some far more generous than others? And why, in the face of globalization and fiscal pressures, has the welfare state not been replaced by another model? Reconsidering the myriad issues raised by such pressing questions, Clem Brooks and Jeff Manza contend here that public opinion has been an important, yet neglected, factor in shaping welfare states in recent decades. Analyzing data on sixteen countries, Brooks and ...

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Why Welfare States Persist: The Importance of Public Opinion in Democracies
2007, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226075846

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