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Political Parties, Games and Redistribution

  • Date Published: March 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521790086

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  • This book explores the impact of political parties on income redistribution policy in liberal democracies. Rosa Mulé illustrates how public policy on inequality is influenced by strategic interactions among party leaders, rather than responses to social constituencies. Using game theory in detailed case studies of intraparty conflicts, Mulé evaluates her findings against a broad range of theories - political business cycle, median convergence, 'shrinking middle class' and demographic movements. She analyses trends in income inequality in selected OECD countries since the 1970s and provides in-depth examinations of Canada, Australia, Britain and the United States. Her methodology effectively blends sophisticated quantitative techniques with qualitative, analytic narratives. In evaluating both the impact of intraparty cohesion and ideology on redistributive policy, and trends in income inequality, this book brings a unique perspective to those interested in the study of public policy and political parties.

    • Comparative study of impact of political parties on income inequality and redistribution
    • Sophisticated methodology, blending quantitative techniques with qualitative, analytic narratives
    • Examines factors affecting redistributive outcome including electoral politics, market and demographic forces
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    • Date Published: March 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521790086
    • length: 270 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Political parties and redistribution
    2. Opposition effects, blackmail game and u-turns under Pierre Elliot Trudeau
    3. The arithmetics of politics under Margaret Thatcher
    4. Rightwing ascendancy, pivotal player and asymmetric power under Bob Hawke
    5. The demise of the federal social safety net under Clinton
    6. Conclusions.

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    Rosa Mulé, University of Warwick

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