Class, attitudes and the Welfare State: Sweden in comparative perspective
2004 (English)In: Social Policy & Administration, ISSN 0144-5596, E-ISSN 1467-9515, Vol. 38, no 2, 119-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
One of the most important arenas for contemporary class politics is the welfare state. In this article, attitudes towards welfare policies among different classes in Sweden are compared with other Western countries and over time. In the first part of the article, attitudes towards state intervention among different classes are compared across four Western countries: Sweden, Germany, Britain and the USA. The data come from the 1996 survey on "The Role of Government" conducted within the International Social Survey Programme. In the second part of the article, more detailed national data sets are used in order to track developments within Sweden from the early 1980s until 2002. Attitudes towards welfare spending, financing of welfare policies and service delivery are used to track developments of class differences in attitudes over time. It is concluded (a) that class differences are particularly large in Sweden, and (b) that changes over time indicate stability in overall class differences, combined with changes in attitudes among non-manual employees. The implications of the results for recent arguments about the restructuring of class relations and the impact of welfare policies on stratification are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 38, no 2, 119-138 p.
Attitudes, Welfare state, Social policy, Class, Comparative, ISSP
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12114DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-9515.2004.00381.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-12114DiVA: diva2:151785