The origins of redistributive policy preferences: political socialisation with and without a welfare state

Neundorf, Anja and Soroka, Stuart (2017) The origins of redistributive policy preferences: political socialisation with and without a welfare state. West European Politics . pp. 1-28. ISSN 1743-9655

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Abstract

Research on the impact of the macroeconomy on individual-level preferences for redistribution has produced varying results. This paper presents a new theory on the presence of an expansive welfare state during one’s formative years as a source of heterogeneity in the effect that macroeconomic conditions have on individuals’ preferences for redistributive policy. This theory is tested using cohort analysis via the British Social Attitudes surveys (1983–2010), with generations coming of age between the end of World War I and today. Findings confirm that cohorts that were socialised before and after the introduction of the welfare state react differently to economic crises: the former become less supportive of redistribution, while the latter become more supportive. The research sheds light on the long-term shifts of support for the welfare state due to generational replacement.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in West European Politics on 25/10/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/01402382.2017.1388666
Keywords: Redistributive policy; public opinion; cohort analysis; political socialisation; Great Britain
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Identification Number: 10.1080/01402382.2017.1388666
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2017 12:00
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2017 17:12
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/47665

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