Attitudes to Welfare Deservingness
Edited by Wim van Oorschot, Femke Roosma, Bart Meuleman and Tim Reeskens
Chapter 11: Social Assistance Deservingness and Policy Measures: Attitudes of Finnish Politicians, Administrators and Citizens
In this chapter, we first compare citizens and various professional groups involved in the administration of social assistance with regard to their deservingness perceptions about the recipients of social assistance. Second, we investigate the association between deservingness perceptions and attitudes towards policy measures concerning social assistance. By looking at these questions, we hope to contribute to knowledge about the formation of deservingness perceptions at different levels: from the general public in Finland, through street-level bureaucrats paying out benefits and to politicians involved in local decision making.
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