Politics of risk-taking: Welfare state reform in advanced democracies

B. Vis

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Abstract

How much and in which direction have the welfare states among the Western democracies changed over the past decades? Moreover, under which conditions have governments enacted these changes? Based on insights from prospect theory, a psychological theory of choice under risk, Vis demonstrates ably that the context in which governments find themselves (losses or gains) affects their attitude towards risk and thereby the degree and type of reform they pursue. Facing socio-economic losses or political ones, governments accept the electoral risk involved in unpopular reforms, such as benefit cutbacks; confronting gains, they steer away from them. The study’s new theoretical stance and innovative methodological approach (fuzzy-set analysis) make Politics of Risk-Taking a must read for policymakers, scholars as well as students interested in the politics of welfare state reform.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages248
ISBN (Print)9789089642271
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameChanging Welfare States

Fingerprint

welfare state
democracy
reform
politics
psychological theory
economics
student

Cite this

Vis, B. (2010). Politics of risk-taking: Welfare state reform in advanced democracies. (Changing Welfare States). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Vis, B. / Politics of risk-taking: Welfare state reform in advanced democracies. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2010. 248 p. (Changing Welfare States).
@book{4764faaa3c894d47adcd5b2981b1809a,
title = "Politics of risk-taking: Welfare state reform in advanced democracies",
abstract = "How much and in which direction have the welfare states among the Western democracies changed over the past decades? Moreover, under which conditions have governments enacted these changes? Based on insights from prospect theory, a psychological theory of choice under risk, Vis demonstrates ably that the context in which governments find themselves (losses or gains) affects their attitude towards risk and thereby the degree and type of reform they pursue. Facing socio-economic losses or political ones, governments accept the electoral risk involved in unpopular reforms, such as benefit cutbacks; confronting gains, they steer away from them. The study’s new theoretical stance and innovative methodological approach (fuzzy-set analysis) make Politics of Risk-Taking a must read for policymakers, scholars as well as students interested in the politics of welfare state reform.",
author = "B. Vis",
year = "2010",
language = "English",
isbn = "9789089642271",
series = "Changing Welfare States",
publisher = "Amsterdam University Press",

}

Vis, B 2010, Politics of risk-taking: Welfare state reform in advanced democracies. Changing Welfare States, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam.

Politics of risk-taking: Welfare state reform in advanced democracies. / Vis, B.

Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2010. 248 p. (Changing Welfare States).

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

TY - BOOK

T1 - Politics of risk-taking: Welfare state reform in advanced democracies

AU - Vis, B.

PY - 2010

Y1 - 2010

N2 - How much and in which direction have the welfare states among the Western democracies changed over the past decades? Moreover, under which conditions have governments enacted these changes? Based on insights from prospect theory, a psychological theory of choice under risk, Vis demonstrates ably that the context in which governments find themselves (losses or gains) affects their attitude towards risk and thereby the degree and type of reform they pursue. Facing socio-economic losses or political ones, governments accept the electoral risk involved in unpopular reforms, such as benefit cutbacks; confronting gains, they steer away from them. The study’s new theoretical stance and innovative methodological approach (fuzzy-set analysis) make Politics of Risk-Taking a must read for policymakers, scholars as well as students interested in the politics of welfare state reform.

AB - How much and in which direction have the welfare states among the Western democracies changed over the past decades? Moreover, under which conditions have governments enacted these changes? Based on insights from prospect theory, a psychological theory of choice under risk, Vis demonstrates ably that the context in which governments find themselves (losses or gains) affects their attitude towards risk and thereby the degree and type of reform they pursue. Facing socio-economic losses or political ones, governments accept the electoral risk involved in unpopular reforms, such as benefit cutbacks; confronting gains, they steer away from them. The study’s new theoretical stance and innovative methodological approach (fuzzy-set analysis) make Politics of Risk-Taking a must read for policymakers, scholars as well as students interested in the politics of welfare state reform.

M3 - Book

SN - 9789089642271

T3 - Changing Welfare States

BT - Politics of risk-taking: Welfare state reform in advanced democracies

PB - Amsterdam University Press

CY - Amsterdam

ER -

Vis B. Politics of risk-taking: Welfare state reform in advanced democracies. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010. 248 p. (Changing Welfare States).