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Comparative Territorial Politics

The Regional Politics of Welfare in Italy, Spain and Great Britain

Authors: Vampa, Davide

  • Offers the first cross-country comparative study on the regional welfare systems of Italy, Spain and Great Britain
  • Fits into an emerging theme in Comparative Politics: the territorial dimension of welfare
  • Contributes to a stream of research which is still rather fragmented, exploratory and often based on country-specific and mainly qualitative analysis
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About this book

This book is a study of the increasing territorial variations in the development of sub-national welfare systems that have occurred as an effect of the decentralization of health care and social assistance policies in Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The author examines the political factors that underlie these variations by combining cross-regional and cross-country comparisons using mixed methods. Vampa’s main finding is that regionalist parties have played a key role in sub-national welfare building and have used social policy to strengthen their legitimacy in the political struggle against central authorities. In this context, functional political competition between Left and Right has been partly replaced by territorial competition between Centre and Periphery as the main determinant of social policy making. Additionally, mainstream left-wing parties have been torn between maintaining territorial uniformity in social protection and responding to demands for more extensive social services tailored to the needs and preferences of specific regional communities. This book will be of use to academics and policy makers interested in political economy, devolution/decentralisation, welfare, and party politics. 

About the authors

Davide Vampa is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Policy, De Montfort University, UK. Previously he was Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham, Teaching Fellow at SOAS and Guest Teacher at LSE. He has published several papers on the spatial transformation of welfare systems and multilevel party politics.

Reviews

“Vampa's book remains a very persuasive effort to measure and explain the interesting phenomenon of the regionalization (or de-nationalization) of welfare systems, by linking politics with policy. It will be of interest to scholars of comparative politics, as well as of public policy and administration. In addition, the study also raises questions on the changing meaning of social citizenship in contemporary states, providing empirical evidence which calls for (normative) theoretical reflections.” (Emanuele Massetti, Public Administration, 2017)


“Davide Vampa’s book provides a fine analysis of the political factors that have shaped variation in regional welfare development in Italy, Spain and Great Britain - three countries that belong to competitive regionalised systems. The analytical framework is simple and elegant. It uses a small number of well-defined factors and provides a neat configurational model for explaining outcomes in the evolution of sub-national welfare systems. Using mixed methods, Vampa provides a careful analysis of the effects of territorial and left wing mobilizations on welfare development.” (Professor Laszlo Bruszt,  Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy)

“Davide Vampa’s book shows deep understanding of the cases studied, high standards of both qualitative and quantitative analysis and familiarity with the comparative method and its potential for drawing generalizable findings in the social sciences. The extensive research carried out is digested and presented in a structured way which leads coherently to a well-articulated conclusion.” (Associate Professor Jonathan Hopkin, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Vampa, Davide

    Pages 1-4

  • Adding a Territorial Perspective to the Study of Welfare Politics: Theories, Hypotheses and Case Studies

    Vampa, Davide

    Pages 5-35

  • Territorial Mobilisation and Left-Wing Partisanship: The Two (Parallel) Paths to Welfare Building in the Italian Regions

    Vampa, Davide

    Pages 37-56

  • The (Re)emergence and Strengthening of the Centre-Periphery Cleavage in Italy: (Old and New) Regionalist Parties and Sub-state Welfare Building

    Vampa, Davide

    Pages 57-82

  • The Italian Left: Between National Weakness and Regional Policy Experimentation

    Vampa, Davide

    Pages 83-94

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-39007-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-39006-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 8, 2018
  • ISBN 978-3-319-81791-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Regional Politics of Welfare in Italy, Spain and Great Britain
Authors
Series Title
Comparative Territorial Politics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39007-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39007-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39006-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81791-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 259
Number of Illustrations and Tables
12 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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