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 16: They’re Not Worthy: The Perceived Deservingness of the Rich and its Connection to Policy Preferences

Meredith Sadin

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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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