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Societies 2018, 8(3), 72; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc8030072

Labor Market Insiders or Outsiders? A Cross-National Examination of Redistributive Preferences of the Working Poor

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Mount Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel
Received: 30 May 2018 / Revised: 14 August 2018 / Accepted: 27 August 2018 / Published: 31 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Attitudes about Inequalities)
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Abstract

Prior research on attitudes toward redistribution documents an association between one’s policy preferences and socioeconomic position, as well as an impact of welfare policy on the mean level of support for redistribution. Building on both traditions, the current paper aims to expand our understanding of the sources of public support for welfare policies by examining the role that social policy plays in shaping the policy preferences of the working poor. Building on the distinction between labor market insiders and outsiders, this paper examines whether preferences by the working poor more closely resemble those of non-poor workers or those of non-working poor individuals. Results from this study show that the degree of support for redistribution among the working poor is notably closer to the average degree reported by non-working poor individuals than the mean level reported by non-poor workers. Moreover, utilizing cross-national data from 31 countries in 13 different time-points between 1985 and 2010, the paper documents a much smaller preference gap between non-poor workers and the working poor and a higher overall level of support for redistribution in countries providing a greater degree of employment protection. View Full-Text
Keywords: preference for redistribution; stratification/inequalities; working poor; labor market insiders-outsiders preference for redistribution; stratification/inequalities; working poor; labor market insiders-outsiders
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