The Social Legitimacy of Targeted Welfare
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The Social Legitimacy of Targeted Welfare

Attitudes to Welfare Deservingness

Edited by Wim van Oorschot, Femke Roosma, Bart Meuleman and Tim Reeskens

This book addresses new perspectives on the perceived popular deservingness of target groups of social services and benefits, offering new insights and analysis to this quickly developing field of welfare attitudes research. It provides an up-to-date state of the art in terms of concepts, theories, research methods and data. The book offers a multi-disciplinary view on deservingness attitudes, with contributions from sociology, political science, media studies and social psychology. It links up with central welfare state debates about the allocation of collective resources between groups with particular needs, and wider categories of need.
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Chapter 8: How Welfare Reforms Influence Public Opinion Regarding Welfare Deservingness: Evidence from Dutch Time-Series Data, 1975–2006

Wilfred Uunk and Wim van Oorschot


One of the gaps in the empirical study of the general opinion regarding welfare concerns a lack of research with a dynamic perspective. Such a perspective is needed, because welfare opinions generally – and deservingness opinions among them – can be assumed to react to socioeconomic, political and institutional changes in society (Blekesaune, 2007; Erikson, MacKuen and Stimson, 2002). An important question in this regard is how the ‘politics of austerity’, which were implemented in many European countries when faced with large budgetary problems resulting from the oil crises in the 1970s, affected solidarity relationships and opinions (Pierson, 2001). Did the welfare reforms undermine people’s solidarity with one another, did they strengthen it, or were they of no consequence for it?

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