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The Welfare State and the Democratic Citizen

How Social Policies Shape Political Equality


Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Jennifer Shore
    Pages 1-7
  3. Jennifer Shore
    Pages 9-27
  4. Jennifer Shore
    Pages 137-152
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 153-166

About this book


This book examines the ways in which the welfare state impacts levels and distributions of political participation and democratic support in Western democracies. Going beyond the traditional contextual accounts of political behavior, which primarily focus on political institutions or the socio-economic climate, this book looks specifically at the impact of public policy on a variety of political behaviors and attitudes. 

Drawing on the theoretical insights from the policy feedback approach, the author argues and empirically demonstrates that generous social policy offerings can not only foster democratic citizenship by promoting a more inclusive political culture, but are most beneficial to citizens who are otherwise excluded from political life in many other societies.  

This book will appeal most to scholars in the fields of political science and sociology who are especially interested in the welfare state, public policy, political sociology, and inequality. 


Political engagement Attitudes Democracy Income-based inequality Policy feedback approach

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mannheim Centre for European Social ResearchUniversity of MannheimMannheimGermany

About the authors

Jennifer Shore is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research at the University of Mannheim, Germany. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Welfare State and the Democratic Citizen
  • Book Subtitle How Social Policies Shape Political Equality
  • Authors Jennifer Shore
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) under exclusive licence to Palgrave Macmillan, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-93960-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-06756-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-93961-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 166
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Politics of the Welfare State
    Sociology of Citizenship
    Public Policy
    Social Structure, Social Inequality
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