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A kinder, gentler democracy : The consensus model and Swedish disability politics

Lewin, Leif, 1941- (författare)
Uppsala universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
Lewin, Barbro, 1940- (författare)
Uppsala universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
Bäck, Hanna, (författare)
Uppsala universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
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Westin, Lina, (författare)
Uppsala universitet, Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
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Uppsala universitet Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten. Statsvetenskapliga institutionen. (creator_code:org_t)
Ingår i: Scandinavian Political Studies. - 0080-6757 .- 1467-9477. ; 31:3, s. 291-310
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  •  Arend Lijphart’s seminal consensus model of democracy does not only try to explain how democracy actually works. It also purports to be a ‘kinder, gentler’ form of democracy with regard to e.g. unemployment, disability, illness and old age. So far, this conjecture has not been brought to a systematic test which is the purpose of this article. We look into the consequences for one of the areas Lijphart singles out: disability. Does consensus democracy promote a more generous policy towards disabled people than majoritarian democracy? We transfer Lijphart’s theory to municipality level. In Sweden, disability care is namely the responsibility for the municipalities, which are comparatively large and independent and with the right to tax their citizens; they are like small nation-states. There is, however, a considerable variation in disability support between them. Some give ten times as much support than others. Is it those governed according to the consensus model? Our approach helps controlling for the variation in political and cultural context and expands the number of observations. The statistical comparison of Swedish municipalities does not, however, lend any confirmation of the famous theory. Instead, there are reasons to doubt that consensus democracy promotes more generous policies.  


SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP  -- Statsvetenskap -- Statsvetenskap (exklusive studier av offentlig förvaltning och globaliseringsstudier) (hsv//swe)
SOCIAL SCIENCES  -- Political Science -- Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies) (hsv//eng)


SOCIAL SCIENCES Social sciences Political science
SAMHÄLLSVETENSKAP Socialvetenskap Statsvetenskap

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