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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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: Unraveling Working-class Welfare Chauvinism

: Unraveling Working-class Welfare Chauvinism

(p.119) Chapter Five: Unraveling Working-class Welfare Chauvinism
Contested Welfare States
Jan Mewes, Steffen Mau
Stanford University Press

This chapter addresses the issue of how people living in European countries view the inclusion of foreigners in the welfare state. It examines group-specific reactions and key factors determining the support for openness or welfare chauvinism. It considers whether working-class support for welfare chauvinism is linked either to economic or cultural aspects. Material and cultural aspects matter for the explanation of welfare chauvinism and its relation to class. As far as the relative strength of these factors is concerned, authoritarianism is a dominant factor behind more skeptical views about the inclusion of foreigners into the welfare state.

Keywords:   welfare state, foreigner inclusion, welfare chauvinism, authoritarianism

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