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Strong Welfare States Do Not Intensify Public Support for Income Redistribution, but Even Reduce It among the Prosperous: A Multilevel Analysis of Public Opinion in 30 Countries
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Attitudes toward Redistributive Policy: An Introduction

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York (CUNY), New York, NY 10019, USA
Global Dynamics of Social Policy Comparative Research Center, University of Bremen, 28359 Bremen, Germany
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Societies 2019, 9(3), 50;
Received: 10 June 2019 / Revised: 19 June 2019 / Accepted: 21 June 2019 / Published: 28 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Attitudes about Inequalities)
We provide an overview of the field of preferences for redistribution research, including divergent terminological and theoretical approaches. We review the different uses of public attitudes, policy preferences and public opinion. We outline the theoretical roles of material interests, values and opinion-policy endogeneity. We also introduce and summarize the original research presented in this Special Issue. Among the key contributions of the Special Issue to the subfield are novel explorations of how socialization affects preferences for redistribution; an examination of how perceptions about inequality translate into policy preferences; a call for more research into the links between taxation and social policy preferences; explanations for the paradox of low levels of support for redistribution in the famously-generous Nordic countries; and new insights into class-specific policy preferences as well as the roles of immigration and diversity in determining such preferences. View Full-Text
Keywords: attitudes about redistribution; preferences for redistribution; social policy preferences; welfare state attitudes attitudes about redistribution; preferences for redistribution; social policy preferences; welfare state attitudes
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Steele, L.G.; Breznau, N. Attitudes toward Redistributive Policy: An Introduction. Societies 2019, 9, 50.

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