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Attitudes towards state organized welfare in twenty-two societies: a question of convergence?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2009 (English)In: The International Social Survey Programme 1984-2009: Charting the Globe / [ed] Max Haller, Roger Jowell, Tom W Smith, London: Routledge, 2009, 125-146 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
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This chapter attempts to assess the extent to which attitudes towards state-organized welfare are, or are not, converging across twenty-two of the societies covered by the ISSP Role of Government modules I-IV, fielded in 1985, 1990, 1996 and 2006. The results show that public support for the welfare state is converging across societies. Attitude change is slow but can be of considerable size over time. Attitudinal convergence does not work uniformly across welfare programs. The societies experiencing increased welfare-state support over time are mainly fueled by rising popular demands for state-led income redistribution. In the societies where the welfare state has gradually lost public support, the development is primarily caused by a growing population that does not believe that unemployment policy is a vital part of state responsibility. For some welfare policies-support for the elderly and for healthcare-public support is solid and stable over time across nearly all societies. Among advanced industrial economies, attitude change is more common in societies traveling on the market-oriented liberal welfare-state path than in societies with a European type of welfare state.

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London: Routledge, 2009. 125-146 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43358ISI: 000275108500009ISBN: 9780415491921OAI: diva2:413196
Available from: 2011-04-28 Created: 2011-04-28 Last updated: 2013-07-05Bibliographically approved

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