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Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

Beyond Class Politics. How Parties, Voters, Media and Unions Shape Public Policy

Workshop Number
Workshop Director
Christian Elmelund-Præstekær
Department of Political Science & Public Management, University of Southern Denmark
Workshop Co-Director
Gijs Schumacher
University of Amsterdam

The demise of class politics has transformed mass-class parties into professional cartel parties and electoral machines, it has de-institutionalized party-union linkages, it has increased electoral volatility and it has rendered mass media more important. How did these political actors adapt to the context of Beyond Class Politics? This workshop aims to provide answers to the following questions: How do these transformations affect the behaviour of political actors engaged in decision-making on public policies? To what extent are governments, parties and interest groups liberated from the concerns of specific social groups and how does this influence the political goals pursued by governments, parties and interest groups? Or do they experience new forms of political uncertainty or constraints on decision-making capabilities. Have they changed their internal decision-making procedures, do they seek to build new coalitions, and how is the media platform exploited in relation to decision-making?

We invite papers that deal with such questions theoretically and empirically. We welcome especially contributions based on cross-sectional and/or cross-country comparisons, and we welcome papers that use qualitative, quantitative, formal as well as mixed method techniques. Young and old researchers from various sub-disciplines (public policy, welfare state studies, party politics, media, interest groups) are invited to apply.

Paper List

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Biting the Hand that Feeds-Reconsidering Partisanship in an Age of Permanent Austerity View Paper Details
Crisis and Party System Changes. An International and Historical Comparison View Paper Details
Do Governments Gain or Lose Support when Retrenching the Welfare State? The Role Framing and Counter-Framing View Paper Details
Explaining the Belgian Welfare Paradox. Analysing the Active and Passive Nature of the Belgian Welfare State in Four Policy Areas View Paper Details
Freedom of Choice or Social Solidarity? The Social Construction of a New Pension Policy Paradigm View Paper Details
How Electoral Politics Detach Policy Making from Policy Outcomes View Paper Details
Links between MPs and Interest Groups: A Cross-country Analysis View Paper Details
Parties and the Politics of Law and Order View Paper Details
Partisan Politics and Privatisation in OECD Countries View Paper Details
Policy Bouncing Back: Welfare Policy and Public Opinion View Paper Details
Public Policy-making under a Dual Constraint: The Scandinavian Centre-right in Power after the Turn of the Millennium View Paper Details
Reform Proposals, Media Attention, and Public Policy: Examining to What Extent Media Attention Shapes Dutch Pension Reform Proposals, 1945–2012 View Paper Details
The Individualisation of Party Politics: The Impact of Changing Internal Decision-Making Processes on Policy Development View Paper Details
The Shaping of Public Policy-Outcomes: Political and Institutional Determinants of the Labour Market Performance of 21 OECD-Countries View Paper Details
When do Governments respond to the Pressures of the Public between Elections? A Theoretical and Analytical Framework View Paper Details
When Trade Unions Succeed (and Europe Fails): Cases of Blocked Liberalisation in the Common Market View Paper Details
Who controls Public-Policy Making in Iceland in the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis? View Paper Details
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