Chapter 6: Welfare chauvinism across policies
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Using novel survey data, Chapter 6 investigates welfare chauvinism across different social policies, including education, healthcare, childcare, social assistance, unemployment benefits as well as national child benefits and EU-wide child benefits. This chapter focuses on welfare chauvinist attitudes towards Eastern European workers in Denmark, Germany and the United Kingdom, representing a social democratic, a conservative and a liberal welfare regime. Regardless of these differences, the chapter shows that welfare chauvinism varies significantly across social policies, with healthcare being the least contested and EU-wide child benefits being the most contested. It appears that the public is more likely to support social investment policies for migrants but more likely to oppose compensatory policies. Exploring once more the educational cleavages in greater detail, the chapter finds that these patterns apply to both higher and lower educated. Still, the gap between the higher and lower educated disappears when examining compensatory policies once other factors are taken into account. The higher educated may be particularly reluctant to grant migrants access to compensatory policies, as these are less normalised than social investment policies and because compensatory policies may be perceived as a larger tax burden for individuals with higher income.

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