** Please note: Those planning to attend events in this series should read the paper that will be posted on the CES website before the seminar.**
Raphael Dorman-Helen Starbuck Professor of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
Robert Walton Goelet Research Professor of French History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
We will discuss a paper that investigates the impact of electoral competition on the willingness of political parties to recalibrate a key feature of the welfare state, namely, public pension programs. As electoral competition becomes more intense, parties of the center-left and center-right cultivate particular constituencies which drive their politics in different directions.