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Welfarism and the multidimensionality of welfare state legitimacy: evidence from The Netherlands, 2006

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Is it possible that citizens who support a substantial role for government in the provision of welfare are, at the same time, critical about specific aspects of such provision? Based on confirmatory factor analyses, and using a 2006 Dutch survey, this study shows that welfare state legitimacy is indeed multidimensional, i.e. that opinions tend to cluster together in several dimensions referring to various aspects of the welfare state. There is partial evidence for the existence of a single, underlying welfarism dimension which consists basically of views regarding the range of governmental responsibility, as well as of the idea that these governmental provisions do not have unfavourable repercussions in economic or moral spheres. However, the separate dimensions cannot be reduced entirely to this overall welfarism dimension. This is illustrated by the finding that the various attitude dimensions are affected differently by socio-structural position and ideological dispositions.
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welfare state, legitimacy, ISSUE, SWEDEN, OPINION, POLICIES, POLITICS, CLEAVAGES, DETERMINANTS, SUPPORT, PUBLIC-ATTITUDES, SELF-INTEREST, public opinion, attitudes, The Netherlands, welfarism

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van Oorschot, Wim, and Bart Meuleman. 2012. “Welfarism and the Multidimensionality of Welfare State Legitimacy: Evidence from The Netherlands, 2006.” International Journal of Social Welfare 21 (1): 79–93.
APA
van Oorschot, W., & Meuleman, B. (2012). Welfarism and the multidimensionality of welfare state legitimacy: evidence from The Netherlands, 2006. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE, 21(1), 79–93.
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van Oorschot W, Meuleman B. Welfarism and the multidimensionality of welfare state legitimacy: evidence from The Netherlands, 2006. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE. 2012;21(1):79–93.
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van Oorschot, Wim, and Bart Meuleman. “Welfarism and the Multidimensionality of Welfare State Legitimacy: Evidence from The Netherlands, 2006.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE 21.1 (2012): 79–93. Print.
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  abstract     = {Is it possible that citizens who support a substantial role for government in the provision of welfare are, at the same time, critical about specific aspects of such provision? Based on confirmatory factor analyses, and using a 2006 Dutch survey, this study shows that welfare state legitimacy is indeed multidimensional, i.e. that opinions tend to cluster together in several dimensions referring to various aspects of the welfare state. There is partial evidence for the existence of a single, underlying welfarism dimension which consists basically of views regarding the range of governmental responsibility, as well as of the idea that these governmental provisions do not have unfavourable repercussions in economic or moral spheres. However, the separate dimensions cannot be reduced entirely to this overall welfarism dimension. This is illustrated by the finding that the various attitude dimensions are affected differently by socio-structural position and ideological dispositions.},
  author       = {van Oorschot, Wim and Meuleman, Bart},
  issn         = {1369-6866},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WELFARE},
  keywords     = {welfare state,legitimacy,ISSUE,SWEDEN,OPINION,POLICIES,POLITICS,CLEAVAGES,DETERMINANTS,SUPPORT,PUBLIC-ATTITUDES,SELF-INTEREST,public opinion,attitudes,The Netherlands,welfarism},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {79--93},
  title        = {Welfarism and the multidimensionality of welfare state legitimacy: evidence from The Netherlands, 2006},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2397.2010.00779.x},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2012},
}

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