Is social policy retrenchment unpopular? How welfare reforms affect government popularity

Giger, Nathalie

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: European Sociological Review
Volume: 28
Issue number: 5
Page range: 691-700
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Oxford Univ. Press
ISSN: 0266-7215 , 1468-2672
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This article investigates an established proposition in the welfare literature, namely whether retrenchment is indeed unpopular among the citizenry. Additional to the hypothesis that retrenchment has a negative impact on general government popularity, this article presents a more refined hypothesis: retrenchment is influential only for those citizens highly interested in social policy. This study analyses government performance data derived from election studies (CSES data) in a multilevel design and tests the influence of actual retrenchment initiatives. The findings indicate that retrenchment is not generally unpopular; however, it has a negative impact on the opinions of those interested in the topic.

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