11-15 - 11/5 The Polities of Modern Societies II The...

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11/5 The Polities of Modern Societies II: The Welfare State I. Lindbloom’s “The Market as a Prison” II. The Welfare State a. A cross-national look at expenditures b. And citizenship rights III. Explaining variation in citizenship rights across the industrial world a. American exceptionalism b. (Generic) cultural explanations c. Theories of industrialism d. Power resource theories ”The Market as a Prison” Why not “legislate our problems out of existence” (i.e., opt for expanded citizenship rights and allow for contraction in property rights?) Because markets , unlike politics , exhibit a “ built in punishment mechanism:” any policy that infringes on property rights, threatens, if introduced, to provoke a “punishment” in the form of poor economic performance. Lindbloom thus suggests that we are “caught in a vice:” while industrial society may favor democracy (Nolan and Lenski), it may not, according to Lindbloom, favor the sort of democracy
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