Trust in government and welfare regimes: attitudes to redistribution and financial cheating in the USA and Norway
1999 (English)In: European Journal of Political Research, ISSN 0304-4130, E-ISSN 1475-6765, Vol. 35, no 3, 341-370 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Claims have been made that national institutions influence public preferences, as well as structuring patterns of social division. This article analyses attitudes to redistribution and financial cheating in Norway and the USA. On the aggregate level the results show that there are striking differences between the two countries regarding attitudes to redistribution and confidence in the state, while similar attitude patterns are found regarding cheating with taxes and benefits. Results endorse arguments emphasising that the design and scope of welfare state policies shape and determine their own legitimacy. There is less support for political trust arguments, which emphasise that the efficacy of political decision-making institutions promotes beliefs about trust in the state and views on government responsibilities. Similarly, arguments proposing that advanced welfare statism has undesirable effects on civic morality, such as cheating on taxes and benefits, are not supported empirically. Finally, while conflicts over redistribution are similarly structured in the USA and Norway, divisions over financial cheating are less clear-cut and vary cross-nationally.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. , 1999. Vol. 35, no 3, 341-370 p.
Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41719DOI: 10.1111/1475-6765.00452ISI: 000081690700003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-41719DiVA: diva2:407662