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Is German domestic social policy politically controversial?

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  • Niklas Potrafke

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This paper investigates empirically the influence of government ideology on social policy using German data. Examining the funding and the benefits of social security and public healthcare policy, my results suggest that policies implemented by governments dominated by left- and rightwing parties were similar over the 1951–2007 period. Leftwing governments, however, spent more in the 1970s and rightwing governments did so after German Reunification in 1990. Since policy convergence encourages new parties to enter the political arena, and party platforms on social policy matters are likely to undergo further changes in light of demographic change, the observed pattern may thus be a transitory phenomenon. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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Volume (Year): 153 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 393-418

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Keywords: Social policy; Political business and partisan cycles; Government ideology; Policy polarization; Demographic change; H52; H55; I38; J18; D72;

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  1. Mechtel, Mario & Potrafke, Niklas, 2013. "Electoral cycles in active labor market policies," Munich Reprints in Economics 19249, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  2. Björn Kauder & Niklas Potrafke, 2013. "Government Ideology and Tuition Fee Policy: Evidence from the German States," CESifo Working Paper Series 4205, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Potrafke, Niklas, 2013. "Economic Freedom and Government Ideology across the German States," Munich Reprints in Economics 19269, University of Munich, Department of Economics.
  4. Patrick Laurency & Dirk Schindler, 2011. "International Climate Agreements, Cost Reductions and Convergence of Partisan Politics," CESifo Working Paper Series 3591, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Axel Dreher & Peter Nunnenkamp & Maya Schmaljohann, 2013. "The Allocation of German Aid: Self-interest and Government Ideology," Kiel Working Papers 1817, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  6. Niklas Potrafke, 2013. "Evidence on the political principal-agent problem fromvoting on public finance for concert halls," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Paper No. 164, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
  7. Niklas Potrafke & Markus Reischmann & Marina Riem & Christoph Schinke & David Streich, 2014. "Wirtschaftslage und Regierungsideologie in Europa," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 67(09), pages 18-25, 05.
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  9. Björn Kauder & Niklas Potrafke, 2013. "Regierungsideologie und Studiengebühren in den deutschen Bundesländern," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 66(10), pages 19-24, 05.
  10. Björn Kauder & Benjamin Larin & Niklas Potrafke, 2014. "Was bringt uns die große Koalition? Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Paper No. 172, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
  11. Markus Reischmann, 2014. "Staatsverschuldung in Extrahaushalten: Historischer Überblick und Implikationen für die Schuldenbremse in Deutschland," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Paper No. 175, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

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