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The regional politics of welfare in Italy, Spain and Great Britain

By Davide VAMPA

Abstract

This book is a study of the increasing territorial variations in the development of sub-national welfare systems that have occurred as an effect of the decentralization of health care and social assistance policies in Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The author examines the political factors that underlie these variations by combining cross-regional and cross-country comparisons using mixed methods. Vampa’s main finding is that regionalist parties have played a key role in sub-national welfare building and have used social policy to strengthen their legitimacy in the political struggle against central authorities. In this context, functional political competition between Left and Right has been partly replaced by territorial competition between Centre and Periphery as the main determinant of social policy making. Additionally, mainstream left-wing parties have been torn between maintaining territorial uniformity in social protection and responding to demands for more extensive social services tailored to the needs and preferences of specific regional communities. This book will be of use to academics and policy makers interested in political economy, devolution/decentralisation, welfare, and party politics.-- 1 Introduction -- 2 Adding a Territorial Perspective to the Study of Welfare Politics: Theories, Hypotheses and Case Studies -- 3 Territorial Mobilisation and Left-Wing Partisanship: The Two (Parallel) Paths to Welfare Building in the Italian Regions -- 4 The (Re)emergence and Strengthening of the Centre-Periphery Cleavage in Italy: (Old and New) Regionalist Parties and Sub- state Welfare Building -- 5 The Italian Left: Between National Weakness and  Regional Policy Experimentation -- 6 Spain: Finding a Balance Between Territorial Equality and Strong Regional Identities -- 7 Ethno-regionalist Parties in Spain: Linking Regional Welfare Governance to ‘Sub-state’ Nation-Building -- 8 The Spanish Left: Statewide Political Dominance and the Regional Challenge -- 9 Devolution, the Territorialisation of Party Politics and the Transformation of Welfare Governance in Great Britain -- 10 Scotland: Where Territorial Politics and Social Democracy Meet -- 11 Wales: Moderate Territorial Mobilisation in a Context of Social Democratic Consensus -- 12 Comparative Conclusions -- Bibliography -- IndexPublished version of EUI PhD thesis, 201

Topics: Comparative politics, European politics, Public policy
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1007/978-3-319-39007-9
OAI identifier: oai:cadmus.eui.eu:1814/43604
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