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Contested welfare states : welfare attitudes in Europe and beyond /
edited by Stefan Svallfors.
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, c2012.
xix, 245 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0804782520 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780804782524 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, c2012.
0804782520 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780804782524 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Welfare states and welfare attitudes / Stefan Svallfors -- Welfare performance and welfare support / Wim van Oorschot and Bart Meuleman -- Attitudes among high-risk groups / Helena Blomberg, Johanna Kallio, Olli Kangas, Christian Kroll, and Mikko Niemelä -- A normative approach to welfare attitudes / Christian Staerklé, Tiina Likki, and Régis Scheidegger -- Unraveling working-class welfare chauvinism / Jan Mewes and Steffen Mau -- Age, class, and attitudes toward government responsibilities / Stefan Svallfors, Joakim Kulin, and Annette Schnabel -- Framing theory, welfare attitudes, and the United States case / Clem Brooks -- Welfare attitudes in context / Stefan Svallfors -- Index.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stefan Svallfors is Professor of Sociology at Ume University, Sweden. He is the author of The Moral Economy of Class (Stanford, 2006) and editor of The Political Sociology of the Welfare State (Stanford, 2007) and Analyzing Inequality (Stanford, 2007).
Review Quotes
" Contested Welfare Statestruly embodies the state-of-the-art on the topic of public attitudes towards social protection and redistribution. It delivers fresh perspective on a distinctive set of questions concerning welfare debates and will be of broad interest and use."-- Jonas Pontusson, Princeton University
"With the rise of immigration and the impact of ethnic heterogeneity on attitudes towards the welfare state, along with reactions against immigration by indigenous citizens, this new book is both timely and welcome. Using systematic analysis and high quality, cross-nationally comparable evidence it provides a clearly focused look at the various angles adopted in debates about welfare in recent decades and an informed critique of simple self-interest."--Geoffrey Evans, Nuffield College, Oxford University
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Main Description
The welfare state is a trademark of the European social model. An extensive set of social and institutional actors provides protection against common risks, offering economic support in periods of hardship and ensuring access to care and services. Welfare policies define a set of social rights and address common vulnerabilities to protect citizens from market uncertainties. But over recent decades, European welfare states have undergone profound restructuring and recalibration. This book analyzes people's attitudes toward welfare policies across Europe, and offers a novel comparison with the United States. Occupied with normative orientations toward the redistribution of resources and public policies aimed at ameliorating adverse conditions, the book focuses on the interplay between individual welfare attitudes and behavior, institutional contexts, and structural variables. It provides essential input into the comparative study of welfare state attitudes and offers critical insights into the public legitimacy of welfare state reform.
Table of Contents
Tables and Figuresp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Contributorsp. xvii
Welfare States and Welfare Attitudesp. 1
Welfare Performance and Welfare Supportp. 25
Attitudes Among High-Risk Groupsp. 58
A Normative Approach to Welfare Attitudesp. 81
Unraveling Working-Class Welfare Chauvinismp. 119
Age, Class, and Attitudes Toward Government Responsibilitiesp. 158
Framing Theory, Welfare Attitudes, and the United States Casep. 193
Welfare Attitudes in Contextp. 222
Indexp. 241
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