Attitudes to Welfare Deservingness
Edited by Wim van Oorschot, Femke Roosma, Bart Meuleman and Tim Reeskens
Chapter 17: Do the Rich Deserve a Tax Cut? Public Images, Deservingness Criteria and Americans’ Tax Policy Preferences
Since the onset of the recent Great Recession (2007–2009), American political scholars have paid greater attention to issues at the intersection of politics and economics. On balance, most of this renewed attention has focused on policy outcomes: whether the federal government enacts laws that benefit one socioeconomic class over others (Bartels, 2008; Carnes, 2013; Carnes and Sadin, 2015; Gilens, 2012; Gilens and Page, 2014; Hacker and Pierson, 2010). This research is emblematic of Lasswell’s (1936) claim that politics is about ‘Who gets what, when, and how?’ Considerably less work has explored the input side of the equation: what economic policy outcomes Americans favour in the first place.
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