Attitudes to Welfare Deservingness
Edited by Wim van Oorschot, Femke Roosma, Bart Meuleman and Tim Reeskens
Chapter 4: False Beliefs and the Perceived Deservingness of Social Security Benefit Claimants
In countries such as America and the UK, where social security benefit claimants are widely perceived as undeserving, there has been a debate about whether these negative attitudes are driven by ‘myths’. The accusation is that perceived undeservingness is due to false beliefs, spread through politically motivated media and politicians. ‘Myth busters’ have therefore been produced by campaigning organizations or feature in wider fact-checking initiatives1 and academics in both countries have made public contributions to this debate to try and eliminate these myths, not least Gilens (1996) in the US and Hills (2014) in the UK.
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