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 10: Conclusion: what the book contributes and what it leaves open for future research

Tijs Laenen


Chapter 10 concludes by summarizing the book’s most important contributions to the literature. For each contribution, we highlight some of the main findings and their implications, but also identify remaining knowledge gaps and offer promising paths for future research. The book makes at least three much needed contributions to the literature on popular welfare deservingness. First, it brings greater conceptual clarification to the welfare deservingness framework by introducing a number of conceptual distinctions that have, for the most part, remained invisible in previous research. Second, the book brings more empirical examination to the welfare deservingness framework by embarking on several hitherto underexplored empirical pathways. Third, the book brings popular deservingness opinions closer to the institutional context in which they take shape by studying their relationship with welfare state policies.

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