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The Welfare State: Values, Policy Preferences, and Performance Evaluations

Staffan Kumlin

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199270125.003.0019

Series: OXFORD HANDBOOKS POL SCIENCE SERI OHPS C

 The Welfare State: Values, Policy Preferences, and Performance Evaluations

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This article discusses the welfare state and distinguishes the three levels of welfare state attitudes. These state attitudes are: general welfare state support, specific policy preferences about various aspects or parts of the welfare state, and specific policy evaluations of welfare state-related ‘performance’. The article discusses each of these levels in detail, and then studies a number of explanatory themes and topics where empirical findings have accumulated. The three promising emerging areas that may receive more attention in the years to come are also discussed.

Keywords: welfare state; welfare state attitudes; welfare state support; policy preferences; welfare state-related performance; empirical findings

Article.  9757 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy ; Comparative Politics

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