Claus Wendt, Monika Mischke und Michaela Pfeifer

  Welfare States and Public Opinion  
  Perceptions of Healthcare Systems, Family Policy and Benefits for the Unemployed and Poor in Europe vergrößerte Ansicht in neuem Fenster  
  224 p., Cheltenham [u.a.] : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011  
  ISBN 978-1-84844-806-3  

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Welfare States and Public Opinion comprises an informed inquiry into three fields of social policy – health policy, family policy, and unemployment benefi ts and social assistance. Though the analyses stem from research spanning fifteen countries across Europe, the conclusions can be applied to social policy problems in nations worldwide.
Combining a detailed analysis of the institutional structure of social policy with the study of public attitudes toward healthcare, family policy, and benefits for the unemployed and poor, this book represents a new stream in public opinion research. The authors demonstrate that the institutional designs of social policies have a great impact on inequalities among social groups, and provide best practices for gaining public support for social policy reform.
The wealth of information found in this comprehensive study will be of interest not only to scholars and students of sociology, political science, social policy, public policy and law, but to health and social policymakers the world over.


1 Introduction
2 Perceptions of Welfare State Institutions: Theories and Concepts
3 Healthcare – Our Greatest Good?
4 Family Policy – One for All?
5 Public Support for Unemployment Benefits and Social Assistance Schemes – Money for Nothing or Help in Dire Straits?
6 Conclusion: Comparing Public Attitudes in Three Fields of Social Policy

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Claus Wendt, Monika Mischke and Michaela Pfeifer, University of Siegen and Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES).