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Social Democracy Inside OutPartisanship and Labor Market Policy in Advanced Industrialized Democracies$
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David Rueda

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216352

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216352.001.0001

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Governments and Policy: The Insider–Outsider Partisanship Model

Governments and Policy: The Insider–Outsider Partisanship Model

(p.11) 2 Governments and Policy: The Insider–Outsider Partisanship Model
Social Democracy Inside Out

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This chapter analyses the transformations in party strategies that result from new voter demands and political-economic conditions. It presents a model that attempts to put together two important but often unrelated literatures: one focusing on electoral competition and the other on comparative political economy institutions. It argues that comparing and identifying social democratic governments with low unemployment and conservative ones with low inflation is not productive. This identification is based on the assumption that labour is disproportionately affected by unemployment, which is inaccurate. It is shown that labour is divided into those with secure employment (insiders) and those without (outsiders) and that the electoral goals of social democratic parties are sometimes best served by pursuing policies that benefit insiders while ignoring the interests of outsiders.

Keywords:   insiders, outsiders, employment protection, corporatism, social democracy, labour market policy

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