Economic conditions, government effectiveness and public attitudes towards the welfare state

Shlomo Mizrahi

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Abstract

Expanding the literature on support for the welfare state, we explain citizens' attitudes towards it by focusing on their perceptions about economic conditions and government effectiveness in their country rather than objective assessments of them. Using data from the 2008 European Social Survey, we demonstrate that citizens believe that the standard of living of economically weak populations goes hand in hand with a well-managed government, which treats all sectors and populations equally and proves efficient. Under these conditions, preferences for government intervention to improve welfare outcomes decline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-170
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Poverty and Social Justice
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Attitudes towards the welfare state
  • Economic conditions
  • Government effectiveness
  • Public perceptions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration

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