Attitudes to Welfare Deservingness
Edited by Wim van Oorschot, Femke Roosma, Bart Meuleman and Tim Reeskens
Chapter 16: They’re Not Worthy: The Perceived Deservingness of the Rich and its Connection to Policy Preferences
In September of 2011, a group of about a thousand activists gathered in lower Manhattan. The movement – spurred by anger at the accumulation of wealth in the top 1 per cent of society – adopted a slogan: ‘We are the 99%’. In the ensuing weeks, tens of thousands of protesters around the country organized their own sit-ins and marches to stand with that first thousand, calling for redistribution and for the regulation of big business.
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