Cookies?
Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Just two statements can make Americans and Scandinavians agree about social welfare

Aarøe, Lene and Petersen, Michael Bang (2014) Just two statements can make Americans and Scandinavians agree about social welfare. LSE American Politics and Policy (04 Jul 2014). Blog Entry.

[img]
Preview
PDF - Published Version
Download (127kB) | Preview

Abstract

Can just two sentences about the motivation and situation of social welfare recipients’ crowd out a life-time of cultural learning and make American and Scandinavian social agree on the issue of social welfare? Using large-scale survey experiments, Lene Aarøe and Michael Bang Petersen challenge the prevalent perception that Americans hold highly skeptical opinions about social welfare while Scandinavians, including Danes, tend to love the welfare state. Rather, Americans and Danes use similar deep-seated, social instincts to reason about who deserves social welfare despite their exposure to different welfare state cultures: If Danes and Americans perceive welfare recipients as lazy, they oppose social welfare. If the perceive social welfare recipients as making an effect to find work and contribute to society, they are likely to support it.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2014 09:08
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2014 09:08
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58986

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics