The Growth and Decline of the State?

Max Kaase and Kenneth Newton

in Beliefs in Government

Published in print September 1998 | ISBN: 9780198294726
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599590 | DOI:

Series: Beliefs in Government

 The Growth and Decline of the State?

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This chapter reviews the finding of the ‘Beliefs in government’ project regarding the comparative development of public attitudes towards the welfare state in the countries of Western Europe: whether the scope of government should contract, who are the main opinion‐formers, and how far their views are shared by the general public. The key question at issue is whether a new era of restricted or minimal government is on the horizon.

Keywords: public opinion; scope of government; welfare state; Western Europe

Chapter.  12500 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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