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Contested Welfare StatesWelfare Attitudes in Europe and Beyond$
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Stefan Svallfors

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804782524

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804782524.001.0001

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Welfare States and Welfare Attitudes

Welfare States and Welfare Attitudes

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(p.1) Chapter One: Welfare States and Welfare Attitudes
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Contested Welfare States
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Stefan Svallfors
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804782524.003.0001

This chapter introduces the main themes of the book and provides background on welfare states and welfare attitudes. The book analyzes and reports results from a comprehensive research program on citizens' attitudes toward welfare policies across European countries. It also offers a novel comparison with the case of the United States, putting into further perspective the potential regional distinctiveness of the European context as a whole. Under the heading of welfare attitudes, the discussion occupies normative orientations toward the distribution of resources and life chances and toward public policies aimed at ameliorating adverse conditions.

Keywords:   welfare state, resource distribution, life chances, United States, European countries, welfare attitudes

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