Increasing conflict in times of retrenchment? Attitudes towards healthcare provision in Europe between 1996 and 2002

Naumann, Elias

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2014
The title of a journal, publication series: International Journal of Social Welfare
Volume: 23
Issue number: 3
Page range: 276-286
Place of publication: Oxford [u.a.]
Publishing house: Blackwell
ISSN: 1369-6866 , 1468-2397
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > SFB 884
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Public opinion is considered a major obstacle to changing the status quo of welfare state policies. Yet some far-reaching reforms and gradual changes of European welfare states prompt the reverse question: Have increased reform pressures and restructuring efforts led to changes in individual attitudes? In line with previous research, I found that the strong support for a public provision of healthcare remains unchanged. But what about the structure of attitudes? Testing core assumptions of the new politics theory and power resources theory, I looked at conflict lines within society and how they change in times of retrenchment. Analysing individual attitudes in 14 European countries between 1996 and 2002, I moved beyond static comparisons across countries to provide a dynamic account of trends over time. Observing stability, not change, I found no evidence that the relevance of old cleavages is in decline. Both old and new cleavages shape individual attitudes.

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