Policy Impact

Karel Van den Bosch and Bea Cantillon

in The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548453
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Policy Impact

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This article discusses the impact of policy, starting with a review of a number of approaches that can be used in the study of policy impacts. It looks at the impact of tax-and-transfer systems on income inequality and poverty, as well as the impact of public transfers of different activities, such as labor market participation and informal care. These two areas experience unwanted effects from welfare state programs, thus they discourage people from working, and even crowd out informal care by relatives and friends. In order to clarify this issue, related evidence is presented in this article.

Keywords: policy impact; tax-and-transfer systems; income inequality; poverty; public transfers; labor market participation; informal care; welfare state programs

Article.  11086 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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