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Generational Differences between Attitudes towards Welfare Provision. Convergence between Eastern and Western Europe?

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Other publication (non peer-review)
Author Ochsner Michael, Antal Erika, Szalma Ivett,
Project European Social Survey 2014+2016
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Other publication (non peer-review)

Book Generational Differences between Attitudes towards Welfare Provision. Convergence between Eastern and Western Europe?
Publisher 3rd ESS Conference Papers, London

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to analyse whether young people – socialized mainly in a globalized market economy – have different views concerning the role of the state in the welfare system than the older generations in Eastern and Western Europe. Specifically, we investigate whether there is a convergence between Eastern and Western Europeans’ attitudes towards the role of the state in the sense of a less pronounced difference between young Eastern and Western Europeans than between older Eastern and Western Europeans. This paper presents first results of a Latent Class Analysis using data from the fourth round of the European Social Survey. The results suggest that there are no pronounced differences between the younger and older generations regarding attitudes towards the welfare state. While social support is seen mainly as government’s responsibility across Europe, perceived social and economic effects of the welfare state vary among countries.
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