Big Government and Public Opinion

Costas Panagopoulos and Robert Y. Shapiro

in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199545636
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Big Government and Public Opinion

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This chapter explains how the public opinion towards big government in the United States can be best described, showing that the tensions between egalitarianism and individualism have continued, despite the high levels of public support for the American welfare state. It describes some patterns and trends, which may continue until changing conditions and circumstances modify them, and identifies some patterns and trends that should be carefully observed, such as the economy and partisan conflict.

Keywords: big government; public opinion; individualism; egalitarianism; American welfare state; patterns and trends; partisan conflict; economy

Article.  8354 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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