Insecure Alliances: Risk, inequality, and support for the Welfare State

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dc.contributor.author REHM, Philipp
dc.contributor.author HACKER, Jacob S.
dc.contributor.author SCHLESINGER, Mark
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-05T09:53:33Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-05T09:53:33Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation American Political Science Review, 2012, 106, 2, 386-406 en
dc.identifier.issn 0003-0554
dc.identifier.issn 1537-5943
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/22276
dc.description.abstract Popular support for the welfare state varies greatly across nations and policy domains. We argue that these variations—vital to understanding the politics of the welfare state—reflect in part the degree to which economic disadvantage (low income) and economic insecurity (high risk) are correlated. When the disadvantaged and insecure are mostly one and the same, the base of popular support for the welfare state is narrow. When the disadvantaged and insecure represent two distinct groups, popular support is broader and opinion less polarized. We test these predictions both across nations within a single policy area (unemployment insurance) and across policy domains within a single polity (the United States, using a new survey). Results are consistent with our predictions and are robust to myriad controls and specifications. When disadvantage and insecurity are more correlated, the welfare state is more contested. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Insecure Alliances: Risk, inequality, and support for the Welfare State en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/S0003055412000147


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