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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). Website.

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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.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2014 09:08
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2021 23:20

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