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The Right and the Welfare State

Carsten Jensen


The book studies welfare state policies of conservative and liberal governments (the Right, for short). These parties have been assumed to be nothing but the welfare-skeptical flip-side of the Left, but the book presents a new theory arguing that the conventional wisdom is wrong. The policy goals of the Right – and the political means they use to pursue them – are much less straightforward than simply ‘pro’ or ‘con’ the welfare state. The book uses the distinction between labor market risks and life-course risks in order to explain why Right-wing voters care much more about some social program ... More

Keywords: The welfare state, conservatives, liberals, the Right, public spending, social rights, marketization, comparative politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199678419
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199678419.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carsten Jensen, author
Associate Professor, Aarhus University