Jennifer Shore
The Welfare State and the Democratic Citizen: How Social Policies Shape Political Equality

cover book
Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
New York
Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 978-3-319-93960-5 (print); 978-3-319-93961-2 (online)

This book examines the ways in which the welfare state impacts levels and distributions of political participation and democratic support in Western democracies. Going beyond the traditional contextual accounts of political behaviour, which primarily focus on political institutions or the socio-economic climate, this book looks specifically at the impact of public policy on a variety of political behaviours and attitudes. Drawing on the theoretical insights from the policy feedback approach, the author argues and empirically demonstrates that generous social policy offerings can not only foster democratic citizenship by promoting a more inclusive political culture, but are most beneficial to citizens who are otherwise excluded from political life in many societies. This book will appeal most to scholars in the fields of political science and sociology who are especially interested in the welfare state, public policy, political sociology, and inequality.