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Dismantling Public Policy: Preferences, Strategies, and Effects

Michael W. Bauer, Andrew Jordan, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, and Adrienne Héritier

Abstract

Policy dismantling is a distinctive form of policy change, which involves the cutting, reduction, diminution, or complete removal of existing policies. The perceived need to dismantle existing policies normally acquires particular poignancy during periods of acute economic austerity. However, scholars of public policy have been rather slow to offer a comprehensive account of the precise conditions under which particular aspects of policy are dismantled, grounded in systematic empirical analysis. Although our overall understanding of what causes policy to change has accelerated a lot in recent ... More

Keywords: policy dismantling, social policy, environmental policy, policy change, political preferences, welfare state, retrenchment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656646
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656646.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael W. Bauer, editor
Professor of Politics and Public Administration at the Humboldt-Universität, Germany

Andrew Jordan, editor
Professor of Environmental Politics, University of East Anglia, UK

Christoffer Green-Pedersen, editor
Professor of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

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Contents

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Part I Dismantling Debates and Analytical Approaches

1 Policy Dismantling: An Introduction

Andrew Jordan, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, and John Turnpenny

Part II The Dynamics of Policy Dismantling

Active Dismantling

Dismantling by Default

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

Andrea Bianculli, Nicole Jenne, and Jacint Jordana1

6 Dismantling by Default? The Indexation of Social Benefits in Four Countries

Christoffer Green-Pedersen,Flemming Juul Christiansen,Eva-Maria Euchner,Carsten Jensen, and John Turnpenny

Dismantling by Symbolic Action

Part III Comparative Conclusions

9 Dismantling Public Policy: Preferences, Strategies, and Effects

Michael W. Bauer, Andrew Jordan, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, and Adrienne Héritier

End Matter