CES: Visiting Scholars Seminar: Party Competition and the Politics of Broken Welfare Promises


Thursday, September 24, 2015, 12:15pm to 1:15pm


Adolphus Busch Hall, Goldman Room
Abstract: The welfare state is among the most fought-over topics in national elections in Western democracies. Pledges on what parties will do if elected are a regular part of most campaigns. Some parties promise to expand the welfare state, others to retrench it or leave it as it is. We develop a novel argument that explains when governments do not do what they promised and test it using an innovative research design with data covering four decades and 18 countries.

Carsten Jensen Visiting Scholar, CES
Contact: Arthur Goldhammer, art.goldhammer@gmail.com