Suspicious minds: local context and attitude variation across Swedish municipalities
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 19, no 2, 225-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article investigates whether degree of suspicion of welfare abuse relates to local context in Sweden. It is suggested that certain features of Swedish municipalities can create a local information bias influencing individual suspicion of welfare abuse. Prevalence of social problems and political climate are features of the municipal context having the potential to influence opinion formation. Social problems are captured by local unemployment, social assistance and ill-health rates. Political climate is captured by electoral support for conservatives. The results indicate that local context can influence suspicion of welfare abuse, contexts where social problems are widespread reduce such suspicion. While local political climate seems important in itself, it also interacts with social problem level, increasing suspicion if a conservative political climate and social problems coexist. While social problems seem to generate less suspicion regarding social policy abuse, they also provide 'raw material' for political rhetoric regarding suspicion.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wiley Interscience , 2010. Vol. 19, no 2, 225-235 p.
attitudes, welfare state, contextual effects, municipalities, Sweden, multilevel, WELFARE-STATE, WORLDS
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-34536DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2009.00656.xISI: 000274952000011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-34536DiVA: diva2:322777