In 1880, not a single country had a nationally compulsory social policy program. A few decades later, every single one of today's rich democracies had adopted programs covering all or almost all of the main risks people face: old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment.
These programs rapidly expanded in terms of range, reach, and resources. Today, all rich democracies cover all main risks for a vast majority of citizens, with binding public or mandatory private programs, though there are stark cross-national differences.
This AMCIS seminar offers a theoretical framework centered around the distribution of risk within societies to account for this remarkable development, which also helps to shed some light on the future of welfare state politics.
Philipp Rehm is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at the Ohio State University, Columbus (USA). Rehm's research interests are located at the intersection of Political Economy and Political Behavior. At the micro-level, his research explores how income dynamics (income volatility or risk, income mobility) shape individual preferences for redistribution, social policies and parties. At the macro-level, he is interested in the impact of labor market and income dynamics on polarization, electoral majorities and coalitions underpinning social policy in rich democracies.
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