How Welfare States Shape the Democratic Public
Show Less

How Welfare States Shape the Democratic Public

Policy Feedback, Participation, Voting, and Attitudes

Edited by Staffan Kumlin and Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen

Staffan Kumlin and Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen bring together political scientists and sociologists from different and frequently separated research communities to examine policy feedback in European welfare states. In doing so, they offer a rich menu of different methodological approaches. The book demonstrates how long-term policy legacies and short-term policy change affect the public, but also shows that such processes are contingent on individual characteristics and political context.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 2: Empowering cuts? Austerity policies and political involvement in Spain

Jordi Muñoz, Eva Anduiza and Guillem Rico


In May 2010 the Spanish government, led by socialist JosÈ Luis RodrÌguez Zapatero, made what The Economist called ëa spectacular U-turní in its economic policies. While during the first months after the 2008 crisis, public expenditure was seen as the proper recipe to face recession and several stimulus plans were put in place by the government, in 2010 things looked very different. A budget deficit over 10 per cent of GDP, markets souring on the public debt, and EU and President Obamaís pressure finally changed Zapateroís mind. On 12 May 2010, he announced the implementation of a harsh austerity package that was expected to save 15bn Euros and cut deficit to 6 per cent in 2011. Public employeesí salaries, public investment plans, pensions and social benefits were drastically reduced. These changes had immediate and important consequences on citizensí lives, and the kind of consequences that are expected to influence their political attitudes.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.