Series：Changing Welfare States· Vol. 5
"Given the electoral risks, the question of why governments reform the welfare-state at all has long been in need of an answer. Based on prospect theory, “The Politics of Risk Taking” offers an original answer. It is a must for anyone interested in the politics of welfare-state reforms."----Prof. Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Professor of Political Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
"Innovative in theoretical and methodological terms, Barbara Vis’ book is a model of cutting-edge scholarship. Her cognitive-psychological theory of decision-making convincingly explains the transformation of European welfare states, and her configurational approach to causal inference submits this theory to a rigorous test."----Prof. Kurt Weyland, Lozano Long Professor of Latin American Politics, University of Texas, USA
"This is an excellent book that contributes to one of the most important debates -- both in comparative political economy and in the political debate within mature democracies. It shows that governments have more options than a hands off-approach in recent welfare state reform."----Prof. Klaus Armingeon, Professor of Political Science, University of Berne, Switzerland
Barbara Vis is assistant professor in comparative politics at the VU University Amsterdam. In 2008, she received the prestigious Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) to further develop her research ideas.