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Immigration and support for redistribution : survey experiments in three european countries


Naumann, Elias; Stoetzer, Lukas F (2018). Immigration and support for redistribution : survey experiments in three european countries. West European Politics, 41(1):80-101.

Abstract

In times of increasing globalisation scholars put considerable efforts into understanding the consequences of immigration to the welfare state. One important factor in this respect is public support for the welfare state and redistribution. This article presents results from a unique survey experiment and a panel study in three European countries (Norway, Germany and the Netherlands) in order to examine whether and how individuals change their preference for redistribution when faced with immigration. Theoretically, citizens with high incomes should be especially likely to withdraw their support for redistribution because they fear the increased fiscal burden, whereas other types of citizens might ask for more compensation for the increased labour market risks caused by immigration. The empirical evidence reveals that only respondents with high incomes and those who face low labour market competition withdraw support for redistribution when faced with immigration.

Abstract

In times of increasing globalisation scholars put considerable efforts into understanding the consequences of immigration to the welfare state. One important factor in this respect is public support for the welfare state and redistribution. This article presents results from a unique survey experiment and a panel study in three European countries (Norway, Germany and the Netherlands) in order to examine whether and how individuals change their preference for redistribution when faced with immigration. Theoretically, citizens with high incomes should be especially likely to withdraw their support for redistribution because they fear the increased fiscal burden, whereas other types of citizens might ask for more compensation for the increased labour market risks caused by immigration. The empirical evidence reveals that only respondents with high incomes and those who face low labour market competition withdraw support for redistribution when faced with immigration.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Uncontrolled Keywords:Public opinion, redistribution, migration, Europe, survey experiment
Language:English
Date:January 2018
Deposited On:14 Dec 2017 12:49
Last Modified:24 Dec 2017 06:15
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0140-2382
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2017.1344040
Official URL:http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01402382.2017.1344040#aHR0cDovL3d3dy50YW5kZm9ubGluZS5jb20vZG9pL3BkZi8xMC4xMDgwLzAxNDAyMzgyLjIwMTcuMTM0NDA0MEBAQDA=

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