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Titolo:
What explains public service restructuring? Evaluating contending explanations
Autore:
Timonen, V;
Indirizzi:
Univ Oxford Magdalen Coll, Oxford OX1 4AU, England Univ Oxford Magdalen Coll Oxford England OX1 4AU Oxford OX1 4AU, England
Titolo Testata:
JOURNAL OF EUROPEAN PUBLIC POLICY
fascicolo: 1, volume: 8, anno: 2001,
pagine: 43 - 59
SICI:
1350-1763(2001)8:1<43:WEPSRE>2.0.ZU;2-C
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
WELFARE-STATE; POLITICS; SWEDEN;
Keywords:
coalitional theories; Finnish and Swedish trade unions; institutional welfare states; social and health services; trade union attitudes; welfare state restructuring;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Citazioni:
36
Recensione:
Indirizzi per estratti:
Indirizzo: Timonen, V Univ Oxford Magdalen Coll, Oxford OX1 4AU, England Univ Oxford Magdalen Coll Oxford England OX1 4AU 4AU, England
Citazione:
V. Timonen, "What explains public service restructuring? Evaluating contending explanations", J EUR PUB P, 8(1), 2001, pp. 43-59

Abstract

This article assesses the explanatory power of two prominent accounts of welfare state restructuring in the area of public sector reform. Paul Pierson's work is studied as an example of the politician-constituent framework, and contrasted with a coalitional approach to welfare state restructuring. A general theoretical critique is put forward, and the theoretical frameworks are evaluated in the light of case studies of public service sector restructuring in Finland and Sweden. The coalitional approach is rejected because no evidence is found of significant divergence in the attitudes and goals of exposed and sheltered sector trade unions regarding public services. Instead, it is argued that public sector cuts resulted from decreased local tax revenue and central government determination to reduce budget deficits. Public and trade union protest was limited owing to the delayed and uncertain impact of the cuts. In essence, therefore, the article adheres to Pierson's account of the logic of welfare state restructuring.

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