Why Context Matters: The Role of Public Policy

  • Jennifer Shore
Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)


The welfare state influences policies and politics. While many have studied welfare states in terms of their determinants or policy outcomes, a rapidly growing subfield of comparative politics is focusing increasingly on the ways in which welfare state institutions affect individual attitudes and behaviors. This chapter examines how the welfare state shapes attitudes and behaviors. Starting with new institutionalist perspectives and touching on theoretical accounts of the role of the state, the interconnectedness of rights is discussed with regard to the ways in which the welfare state can hinder or encourage political engagement. Drawing on insights from the policy feedback approach, the chapter concludes with a more targeted account of how the welfare state can shape democratic citizenship.


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  • Jennifer Shore
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  1. 1.Mannheim Centre for European Social ResearchUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

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