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The Relationship between Partisan Government and Policy: An Analysis of OECD Data

David Rueda

in Social Democracy Inside Out

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216352
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191712241 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216352.003.0004
The Relationship between Partisan Government and Policy: An Analysis of OECD Data

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The previous chapters have shown that in the presence of insider-outsider conflict, social democratic governments will promote insider policies regardless of the consequences for outsiders. However, it has also been argued that there are factors that make the interests of insiders more similar to those of outsiders, i.e., employment protection and corporatism. This chapter tests whether the relationship between government partisanship and policy is affected by these factors. It begins by analysing the dependent variables and their relationship to this book's hypotheses. It then introduces the explanatory variables. Finally, it briefly explores some methodological issues relevant to the statistical analysis, presents the results, and relates them to the model developed in previous chapters.

Keywords: government partisanship; policy outcomes; insider-outsider conflict; employment protection; labour market policies; corporatism

Chapter.  13054 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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