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Political legitimacy and welfare state futures: Introduction

Chung, Heejung, Taylor-Gooby, Peter, Leruth, Benjamin (2018) Political legitimacy and welfare state futures: Introduction. Social Policy & Administration, 52 (4). pp. 835-846. ISSN 0144-5596. (doi:10.1111/spol.12400) (KAR id:65845)


Welfare attitudes are pivotal in understanding the preferences and demands of citizens to help

shape future policy reforms in welfare states. Accordingly, and due to the availability of large

scale comparative survey data on attitudes, large numbers of studies of welfare attitudes have

emerged during the past few decades. However, some limitations still exist in the field, such

as the background assumptions informing the questionnaire design and top down framing of

issues, the population represented and finally limitations in teasing out the causal mechanisms

of relationships, especially pertaining to that of policy reform. This regional issue brings

together papers that address some of these issues and others in welfare attitude research to

provide some guidance for future studies. This paper first summarises the existing studies on

welfare attitudes to identify some of the key limitations, and introduces the five articles in this

special issue. It concludes with some suggestions for future studies in welfare attitudes.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/spol.12400
Uncontrolled keywords: Welfare attitudes, Europe, political legitimacy, methods, welfare state futures
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Heejung Chung
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2018 12:21 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 11:13 UTC
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