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Structural Reforms Without Prejudices$
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Tito Boeri, Micael Castanheira, Riccardo Faini, and Vincenzo Galasso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199203628

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203628.001.0001

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Widen Your Political Base

Widen Your Political Base

Chapter:
(p.187) 10 Widen Your Political Base
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Structural Reforms Without Prejudices
Author(s):

Tito Boeri (Contributor Webpage)

Micael Castanheira

Riccardo Faini

Vincenzo Galasso (Contributor Webpage)

Giorgio Barba Navaretti

Carcillo Stéphane

Jonathan Haskel

Giuseppe Nicoletti

Enrico Perotti

Carlo Scarpa

Lidia Tsyganok

Christian Wey

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203628.003.0011

This chapter discusses an alternate strategy that policy-makers tend to use when they do not enjoy sufficiently strong political power, and when they address reforms in broad-reaching sectors that affect a large fraction of the population. In the absence of a large parliamentary majority or in the presence of strong opposition in the economic or social arena, policy-makers widen the political base for their reform by resorting to social dialogue and to a more consensual style. The need to gather wider social and political support induces policy-makers to increase the share of winners from the reform, while raising expenses for the losers.

Keywords:   political power, reform, parliamentary majority, social dialogue, social support, political support

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