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      Public Policy Public Goods and the Impact of the pandemic crisis with special respect to the case of Greece

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            Abstract

            People expect the state to provide them with a social security net. Whatever its defects, whatever the virtues of the private sector, no structure other than the state can today provide citizens with the basic public goods. Under right-wing governments, a very active role of the state is not expected. Also, is nor expected the introduction of a serious program of public investment and demand-boosting to stimulate the national economy and enter into a virtuous circle of recovery. Today many countries like Greece, which passed the economic crisis with drastic cuts in its traditionally deficient welfare state and its chronic underinvestment in public goods in key areas such as health, have to respond directly to the pandemic crisis. This fact leads in the short term to a revival of the debate on strengthening state powers and especially in strengthening public health systems. Political polarization is expected in the period after the end of the pandemic crisis focusing on welfare state issues. This, most likely, will leave plenty of space for social democratic and Keynesian approaches. In several countries like Greece, the right-wing governance will come under pressure leading even to rifts in its hegemony.

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            6 May 2021
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            [1 ] Social Sciences, Political Science , university of Crete
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            10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PPRBA7C.v1
            0d031a67-1024-46c1-a0b4-df2a2025d513

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            Social & Behavioral Sciences,History,Economics
            welfare state,public goods,public policy,pandemic crisis,Covid 19,social security,social policy

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