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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

(p.1) Chapter One: Welfare States and Welfare Attitudes
Contested Welfare States
Stefan Svallfors
Stanford University Press

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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