Explaining Expenditure Outcomes

Francis G. Castles

in The Future of the Welfare State

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780199270170
Published online November 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601514 | DOI:
Explaining Expenditure Outcomes

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Uses statistical techniques to model the determinants of aggregate social expenditure change in 21 OECD countries over the period 1980 to 1998. The main focus is on testing hypotheses relating to the impact of economic globalization and the so-called ‘new politics’ of the welfare state. The analysis suggests that neither of these accounts is persuasive. Instead, the main factors shaping recent expenditure change appear to have been programme maturation, economic growth, deindustrialization and left partisan politics.

Keywords: convergence; deindustrialization; downsizing; foreign direct investment; globalization; modelling outcomes; new politics; partisan impact; programme maturation; social expenditure

Chapter.  9358 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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