Querulous Citizens: Welfare Knowledge and the Limits to Welfare Reform.

Taylor-Gooby, Peter and Hastie, Charlotte L. and Bromley, Catherine (2003) Querulous Citizens: Welfare Knowledge and the Limits to Welfare Reform. Social Policy & Administration, 37 (1). pp. 1-20. ISSN 0144-5596. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Welfare spending in the UK is too low to provide services at a level to which most citizens aspire. Politicians generally do not believe that people would be willing to pay higher taxes for better services. Recent theoretical work in political science argues that trust in state institutions is in decline and, in sociology, that citizens are becoming more independent, reflexive and keen to take responsibility for meeting their own needs. This paper uses data from a recent ESRC-financed national survey to examine some of the recent arguments seeking to justify the claim that more tax is electorally unfeasible. It shows that support for extra spending is not confined to hypothecated taxes for high-profile services such as the NHS and has not been undermined by a decline in citizen trust in the welfare state or by a rejection of collective solutions.

Item Type: Article
Projects: [21] Cognition and Attitutudes to Welfare
Additional information: original data on knowledge linked to attitudes
Uncontrolled keywords: welfare spending; citizen awareness; NHS spending
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Social Policy
Depositing User: Peter Taylor-Gooby
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2008 07:46
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2015 09:33
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4696 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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