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Who wants what from the welfare state?


Bonoli, G; Häusermann, S (2009). Who wants what from the welfare state? European Societies, 11(2):211-232.

Abstract

This article investigates socio-structural cleavages in relation to social policies in Switzerland. It examines the extent to which vertical stratification, age and gender
explain variation in individual social policy preferences. We use survey data on reported voting behaviour in 22 direct democratic referendums on distributional issues
between 1981 and 2004. Our two main findings are the following: 1) age seems to be the most relevant line of conflict in most distributional issues; 2) vertical stratification (income and education) and gender are less important in explaining individual voting decisions. Our data also suggest that material interests based on socio-structural characteristics account for only part of the variation in social policy preferences, and that value cleavages are also important.

Abstract

This article investigates socio-structural cleavages in relation to social policies in Switzerland. It examines the extent to which vertical stratification, age and gender
explain variation in individual social policy preferences. We use survey data on reported voting behaviour in 22 direct democratic referendums on distributional issues
between 1981 and 2004. Our two main findings are the following: 1) age seems to be the most relevant line of conflict in most distributional issues; 2) vertical stratification (income and education) and gender are less important in explaining individual voting decisions. Our data also suggest that material interests based on socio-structural characteristics account for only part of the variation in social policy preferences, and that value cleavages are also important.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:May 2009
Deposited On:24 Jun 2009 11:14
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:28
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1461-6696
Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in European Societies, Volume 11, Number 2, May 2009 , pp. 211-232(22). Siehe auch: Bonoli, G; Häusermann, S. New socio-structural conflicts in social policy issues: evidence from Swiss referendum votes. In: ESPAnet annual conference, Fribourg, Switzerland, 22 September 2005 - 24 September 2005. https://www.zora.uzh.ch/4066/
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/14616690801942116
Official URL:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/reus/2009/00000011/00000002/art00003

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