Welfare Deservingness and Welfare Policy
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Welfare Deservingness and Welfare Policy

Popular Deservingness Opinions and their Interaction with Welfare State Policies

Tijs Laenen

This important book builds a bridge between the literature on popular welfare deservingness and social welfare policies. It examines the relationship between the two, exploring the close correspondence between public opinion and public policy that has been present throughout the history of social welfare.
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Chapter 3: Methodological framework: welfare support, deservingness opinions and welfare state policies

Tijs Laenen


Chapter 3 acts as a bridge between the theoretical framework, presented in the previous chapters, and the empirical analyses, presented in the next chapters. Its main objective is to explain and justify how the three core concepts of the book’s heuristic model – public support for social welfare, popular deservingness opinions and welfare state policies – have been measured and operationalized. In doing so, we also clarify how the book addresses most of the conceptual and empirical lacunae we identified in the existing literature.

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