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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 Attitudes in Context

Welfare Attitudes in Context

(p.222) Chapter Eight Welfare Attitudes in Context
Contested Welfare States
Stefan Svallfors
Stanford University Press

This chapter summarizes some of the broader themes that have emerged from the book and discusses them as they relate to previous research in the field. It highlights six broader cross-chapter themes that have emerged: a broadening and specification of the dependent variables in comparative attitude analyses; ethnic and cultural diversity as a new challenge and its implications for welfare attitudes; bringing in new explanatory mechanisms into the analyses; the uneven impact of macro-variables in welfare attitudes; extensions of the analyses beyond the northwestern hemisphere and in particular the specific welfare attitudes in Eastern Europe; and methodological contributions on how to model the macro-micro interplay. It also points out tensions and unresolved issues related to the role of self-interest in attitude formation, the indeterminate relation between theoretical concepts and empirical indicators, the information problem in cross-country comparisons, and the question of dynamics of welfare attitudes.

Keywords:   attitude formation, cross-country comparisons, cultural diversity, welfare attitudes

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