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From Dismantling by Default to Arena Shifting? Child Benefits Policy in Spain

Andrea Bianculli, Nicole Jenne and Jacint Jordana

in Dismantling Public Policy

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656646
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746000 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656646.003.0005
From Dismantling by Default to Arena Shifting? Child Benefits Policy in Spain

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This chapter analyses the dismantling of child benefits in Spain between 1975 and 1990. In comparison to Portugal, which has maintained its benefit policy over many years, it identifies some of the peculiarities of the Spanish case and discards traditional interpretations related to democratic transition. It focuses on the particular constellations of political costs and benefits in Spain. By looking at policy preferences, cost perceptions, opportunity structures, and dismantling strategies, it shows how the collective non-action strategies deployed by the main political parties and social actors resulted in policy gridlock and the passive dismantling of child benefits. It is argued that the absence of sound institutional settings and of ‘policy takers’ (i.e. cohesive political groups and supportive constituencies) facilitated the dismantling of child benefits policy.

Keywords: policy dismantling; passive dismantling; social policy; child benefit policy; Spanish politics; Portuguese politics

Chapter.  10258 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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