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Objective conditions count, political beliefs decide: the conditional effects of self-interest and ideology on redistribution preferences


Armingeon, Klaus; Weisstanner, David (2022). Objective conditions count, political beliefs decide: the conditional effects of self-interest and ideology on redistribution preferences. Political Studies, 70(4):887-900.

Abstract

How can we explain variation in demand for redistribution among cross-pressured voters? We argue that redistributive preferences reflect an interaction between material self-interest and political ideology. The self-interest argument predicts growing opposition to redistribution as income increases, while the argument of ideologically driven preferences suggests that left-leaning citizens are more supportive of redistribution than right-leaning citizens. Focusing on cross-pressured voters, we expect that the difference in redistribution preferences between left- and right-leaning citizens is smaller at the bottom of the income hierarchy than at the top. Among the group of left-leaning citizens, the role of material self-interest is expected to be smaller than among right-leaning citizens. We provide evidence in line with our argument analysing data from the European Social Survey in 25 European democracies between 2008 and 2018.

Abstract

How can we explain variation in demand for redistribution among cross-pressured voters? We argue that redistributive preferences reflect an interaction between material self-interest and political ideology. The self-interest argument predicts growing opposition to redistribution as income increases, while the argument of ideologically driven preferences suggests that left-leaning citizens are more supportive of redistribution than right-leaning citizens. Focusing on cross-pressured voters, we expect that the difference in redistribution preferences between left- and right-leaning citizens is smaller at the bottom of the income hierarchy than at the top. Among the group of left-leaning citizens, the role of material self-interest is expected to be smaller than among right-leaning citizens. We provide evidence in line with our argument analysing data from the European Social Survey in 25 European democracies between 2008 and 2018.

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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
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Uncontrolled Keywords:sociology and political science, redistribution preferences, political ideology, left-right, self-interest, cross-pressured voters
Language:English
Date:1 November 2022
Deposited On:15 Jun 2021 12:13
Last Modified:26 Mar 2024 02:36
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:0032-3217
Additional Information:OA-Lizenz noch in Abklärung mit Autor, deshalb Datei noch nicht für alle freigeschaltet
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0032321721993652
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)