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May 25, 2023

How Erdoğan masterminded electoral victory despite Turkey's economic crisis

Erdoğan Altun In the first round of the Turkish elections on 14 May, the incumbent AKP, led by President Erdoğan, won a narrow victory. This was a crushing blow for the opposition, who had pinned their hopes on Turkey's economic crisis, and crippling inflation, ending Erdoğan's authority. Erdoğan Altun explains how the AKP's electoral campaign, patronage and social assistance were crucial to its success Read more
April 17, 2023

🔮 We cannot ignore the populist radical-right impact on the welfare state

Juliana Chueri Juliana Chueri writes that radical right parties are transforming the welfare state, by creating a moral separation between the ‘deserving’ and the ‘undeserving’. This secures benefits to working nationals, while leaving unprotected immigrants and the long-term unemployed Read more
May 10, 2022

🌊 Christian democracy is to blame for Europe’s democratic backsliding

Martino Comelli Christian democracy is the political culture that has been the driving force behind European integration. Yet, according to Martino Comelli, it has also facilitated the democratic backsliding of some countries of central and east Europe by providing an illiberal political toolbox of narratives and policies Read more
February 25, 2022

The public wants the government to protect them from themselves – sometimes

Clareta Treger In a study of public attitudes towards government paternalism, Clareta Treger finds that, when it comes to their own safety and health, individuals prefer coercive government policies over nudges that steer them towards welfare-enhancing behaviour. This should be taken into consideration when devising strategies to mitigate COVID-19 and future crises. Read more
November 12, 2021

To understand your government’s welfare policies, look at its ministers' backgrounds

Despina Alexiadou Using a test case of social welfare policy, Despina Alexiadou argues that if we want to understand the policy choices of different governments, we should start by analysing the social class composition of its ministers Read more
May 18, 2021

How welfare state policies prevent the insecure from voting far right

Daphne Halikiopoulou Economic insecurity creates favourable conditions for far-right parties, who turn discontent into political advantage. Welfare state policies, argue Daphne Halikiopoulou and Tim Vlandas, must therefore focus on moderating these risks, and reducing the likelihood of insecure people voting far right Read more
March 12, 2021

Why has the European Court of Justice shifted toward a more restrictive position on access to welfare in member states?

Angie Gago From 2014, ECJ decisions on welfare access have departed significantly from previous case law. Angie Gago and Francesco Maiani analyse two Court dialogues, one with the EU legislator, the other with national authorities Read more
February 26, 2021

Why northern Europe is so indebted

Martino Comelli You might think the US would be world champion of household debt, yet the highest private indebtment has always been in the Nordic countries, where inclusive welfare makes debt into an investment. But debt takes on different forms, writes Martino Comelli, and gerontocratic welfare and consumer credit is a burden for those in other nations Read more

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