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Political Strategies and Fiscal Retrenchment: Evidence from Four Countries

Wenzelburger, G.
West European Politics, 34 (6), (S. 1151–1184).
2011

Political strategy matters – especially in the case of unpopular reforms. This is the main argument of this article. It shows that the analysis of political strategies gives complementary insights into the causal mechanisms of reform politics. It helps us to understand how political actors successfully implement unpopular reforms. The article provides empirical evidence for this claim by means of an analysis of adjustment efforts in Sweden, Belgium, Canada and France during the 1990s. It is shown that governments acted strategically in two areas: they used strategic manoeuvres in the political sphere in order to circumvent veto players. And they employed strategic organisation and communication in the public sphere in order to dampen the risk of being punished by voters for the implemented policies.

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Wenzelburger, G. (2011). Political Strategies and Fiscal Retrenchment: Evidence from Four Countries. West European Politics, 34(6), 1151–1184.