Local contexts, social risks and social spending preferences: a multi-level approach
2009 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 52, no 3, 249-262 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this article, I analyse the relationship between local context and individuals´ social spending preferences in Sweden. The contextual unit studied is the municipality and the analyses are based on both individual-level survey data (n = 5,324) and municipal-level data. Multi-level modelling is used to handle data at both levels simultaneously. It is suggested that the presence of social risks in the local community affects whether individuals are willing to support high social spending. It is argued that the interdependent nature of certa in social risks, such as local unemployment rates, depopulation and labour market structure, is an important factor explaining contextual influence on social spending preferences. The results indicate that the prevalence of social risks in a municipality affect the willingness of local inhabitants to support high social spending. Support for high social spending tends to be greater, taking individual-level determinants into account, in municipalities suffering from unemployment, ill health, depopulation, a low tax base and an industry sector dominated by agriculture and manufacturing. This finding also indicates that contextual influence on olitical attitudes might not be restricted to interpersonal interaction, as often suggested in past research.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 52, no 3, 249-262 p.
attitudes, local context multi-level, social spending, Sweden, welfare state
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-25994DOI: 10.1177/0001699309339801OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-25994DiVA: diva2:235676