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How much heterogeneity can the welfare state endure?: The influence of heterogeneity on attitudes to the welfare state
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (English)In: Nations and Nationalism, ISSN 1354-5078, E-ISSN 1469-8129, Vol. 18, no 2, 346-369 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cultural and economic heterogeneity is often seen as a major threat to modern welfare states. This article contributes to the discussion of how much heterogeneity the welfare state can endure by theoretically and empirically focusing on the relationship between different levels of national identity and the support for welfare state policies. We analyse the effect of different types of national identity on attitudes towards taxation and redistribution. We show that it is the subjective aspect of national identity, or social cohesion, that in fact matters for predicting attitudes to the welfare state. In comparison, more objective measures of heterogeneity like the inequality of income distribution, language fractionalisation or the percentage of foreign-born individuals do not have any effect on attitudes to the welfare state.

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Blackwell Publishing, 2012. Vol. 18, no 2, 346-369 p.
Keyword [en]
ESS; heterogeneity; multilevel analysis; national identity; social cohesion; welfare state
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-53358DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2011.00523.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-53358DiVA: diva2:511713
Available from: 2012-03-23 Created: 2012-03-23 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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