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National identity is an ineffective tool for building public support for wealth redistribution among diverse populations

Wright, Matthew and Reeskens, Tim (2013) National identity is an ineffective tool for building public support for wealth redistribution among diverse populations. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (27 Nov 2013). Website.

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Abstract

Providing the resources of the welfare state to increasingly diverse populations has been a controversial issue in several European countries, notably in the UK where the government has advocated restricting EU immigrants’ access to the benefits system. Matthew Wright and Tim Reeskens analyse the effectiveness of national identity as a tool to promote social cohesion in Europe. They argue that welfare chauvinism is never tempered and can actually be exacerbated by national identity. Promoting nationalist sentiment is therefore a poor way of securing broader public support for wealth redistribution, and other methods should be sought.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 09:20
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2020 23:25
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/72274

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