Economic Context and Attitudes towards the Welfare State: The Relationship between (Perceived) Unemployment Risk and Demand for Social Policy

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Type
Partie de livre
Sous-type
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Collection
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Titre
Economic Context and Attitudes towards the Welfare State: The Relationship between (Perceived) Unemployment Risk and Demand for Social Policy
Titre du livre
Life Course Research and Social Policies
Auteur(s)
Pekari Nicolas, Rosset Jan, Schmid Flurina
Editeur
Springer International Publishing
Lieu d'édition
Cham
ISBN
9783319895567
9783319895574
ISSN
2211-7776
2211-7784
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2018
Editeur scientifique
Tillmann Robin, Voorpostel Marieke, Farago Peter
Volume
9
Numéro de chapitre
15
Pages
215-229
Langue
anglais
Résumé
Welfare states provide individuals with an insurance against a variety of risks. Therefore, how much an individual is exposed to these risks is expected to influence their support for social spending. In this chapter, we focus on the evolution of perceived unemployment risk and its relationship with attitudes towards social policy in Switzerland over the 1999–2014 period. Aggregate analyses of data from the Swiss Household Panel reveal a slight increase in the share of Swiss residents who feel insecure. However, this trend coincides with a decrease in aggregate support for social spending, whereas the share of respondents supporting higher taxation for the rich has seen a marginal increase. At the individual-level, we do find some evidence for a link between objective unemployment risk, the perception of this risk, and support for unemployment benefits. But the relation between objective risk and policy preferences is mainly explained by structural factors such as education and income rather than the perception of risk. These findings can help explain the relative stability of public opinion despite changes in economic conditions.
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