236 Who would want that? Public opinion and parties’ preferences towards social investment policies

The Future of the Social Investment State: Policies, Politics, and Outcomes
Friday, July 14, 2017: 11:00 AM-12:45 PM
Humanities LT G255 (University of Glasgow)
This panel is part of the mini-symposium on "The Futue of the Social Investment State". Considered as a way to combine social justice and fiscal responsibility, social investment has become increasingly popular among policy makers. Spending on key social investment policy areas such as education and training or childcare has increased over the last decades in most advanced democracies. On the macro level, this expansion was linked to political factors such as the government partisanship with left parties being substantially keener to introduce such policies and functional factors such as the rising employment rate of women or the persistent long-term unemployment that generated a need for such policies. Whether however functional pressure translates into actual reforms, depends on the political context.

In this panel, therefore, we focus on the politics of social investment, that is on the preferences of citizens and political actors towards social investment policies as well as the implementation of social investment reforms by governments. The five papers focus on two key policy fields of social investment: Policies to reconcile work and family live and education, broadly defined. Together, they study the demand and supply side of the politics of social investment. With this question, the panel bridges research from the literature on welfare state changes, the study of social policy preferences and the literature on political representation. The abstracts of the individual papers are given below.

Julian Garritzmann
Discussant :
Carsten Jensen
Against Your Own Interest? Analysing Social Investment Policy Preferences from a Gender Perspective
Julian Garritzmann, University Konstanz, Germany; Hanna Schwander, University of Bremen
How Social Investment Reforms Affect Voting Behavior
Nathalie Giger, University of Geneva; Moira Nelson, Lund University