Surviving The Political Consequences Of Neoliberal Policies
In many countries in Latin America and also western Europe, leftist parties have succeeded in winning repeated re-election even though they have implemented neoliberal economic policies when in government. According to the existing literature, these parties should suffer electoral punishment since they are diverging from their traditional policy course and their electoral promises, and their neoliberal policies are potentially costly for their core support groups. Analysing the cases of left-of-centre parties in Spain and Costa Rica, this article argues that policy implementation strategies, together with strategic use of institutional rules, help to obfuscate the policies' impact, deflect blame, and make re-election possible. The reform of welfare and the way we live now: a critique of Giddens and the Third Way. © 2001, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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Hamann, Kerstin and Wilson, Bruce M., "Surviving The Political Consequences Of Neoliberal Policies" (2001). Scopus Export 2000s. 352.