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Book Welfare Democracies and Party Politics: Explaining Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare
Editor , Schwander Hanna; , Manow Philip; , Palier Bruno
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Title of proceedings Welfare Democracies and Party Politics: Explaining Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare

Abstract

The present chapter studies the effect of changing electoral demand and party competition on parties’ family policy orientation in two continental and two southern European countries. Changes in the electoral landscapes represent a necessary but not sufficient condition that provides parties with an incentive to reform their family policy position. As the electoral relevance of the core constituency of both center-right and center-left parties is declining, both center-left and center-right parties are prompted to use progressive family policies to attract new voter groups. Yet, the present chapter shows that the strategic configuration of parties influences the extent to which center-right parties modernize their family policy positions. The arguments are tested using data on attitudes towards gender roles and family policy from the European and World Value survey and a new database on party positions on family policy in two continental and two southern European countries in the last two decades
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