Welfare State Legitimacy in Times of Crisis and Austerity

Between Continuity and Change

Globalization and Welfare series

Edited by Tijs Laenen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Bart Meuleman, Professor of Sociology and Wim van Oorschot, Professor of Social Policy, Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium

Has there been change or continuity in the welfare attitudes of Europeans since the 2008 financial crisis? Using data from the European Social Survey, this book reveals how various types of welfare attitudes evolved between 2008, when the crisis triggered economic recessions and welfare reforms across Europe, and 2016, when most countries had largely recovered from that crisis.

‘The three editors unite the finest state-of-the-art research about public attitudes towards the welfare state in Europe. Drawing on the 2008 and 2016 waves of the high-quality European Social Survey, the contributors analyse how and why the diversity of relationships between citizens and the welfare state manifests itself in the individual mind in the first two decades of the 21st century.’
– Achim Goerres, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany

2020 304 pp Hardback 978 1 78897 629 9 £130.50 £95.00 $130.50 $145.00

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