Policy Feedback, Participation, Voting, and Attitudes
Globalization and Welfare series
Edited by Staffan Kumlin and Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen
Chapter 15: How welfare states shape the democratic public: borrowing strength across research communities
We bring the book to a close by discussing a number of broader themes that emerge from the empirical chapters. We illustrate how these themes are linked to past research, explain what we think this book contributed, and suggest how they could be pursued in future research. The first three sections follow the structure of the book, in that we work our way through the three groups of dependent variables around which book sections were organized. Importantly however, the three are not considered in splendid isolation from one another. We illustrate several instances in which research in these areas canóto use a statistical termóìborrow strengthî from each other. As discussed in Chapter 1 we think one gets analytical leverage on policy feedback by juxtaposing theory and findings concerning different dependent variables. Towards the end of the chapter this meta-theme of ours is further underscored. At that stage, we let go of the book structure and turn our attention to genuinely cross-cutting themes.