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How does personal experience shape views on welfare spending?

Margalit, Yotam (2013) How does personal experience shape views on welfare spending? LSE American Politics and Policy (09 Dec 2013). Website.

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The Great Recession, coupled with concerns over the growing budget deficit, resulted in a renewed debate about the social safety net. While support for welfare benefits usually splits along partisan lines, Yotam Margalit examines how personal experiences of hardship during the financial crisis affected attitudes towards social spending. While he finds that first-hand experience of a job loss does lead to a convergence in the welfare preferences of left and right-leaning voters, the data suggest that the changes in the welfare attitudes of the job losers are fairly short-lived, dissipating soon after they find new employment. Overall, the first four years of the Great Recession are found to have brought about a drop in the public’s support for welfare spending.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 10:04
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2021 00:19

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