Social Risk, Policy Dissatisfaction, and Political Alienation. A Comparision of Six European Countries
English title: Social Risk, Policy Dissatisfaction, and Political Alienation. A Comparision of Six European Countries
Author(s): M. Oskarson -
Type: Book chapter
The chapter presents the hypothesis that in times of social welfare retrenchment groups at social risk might under certain cirumstances turn their back to politics, that is evolve political alienation. The causal mechanism is from a moral economy perspective expected to be policy dissatisfaction where the policies don't fullfill expectations In contrast to earlier studies on "the marginalization hypothesis" political alienation is defined as the combination of low political interest and low political trust. The analysis is performed on six countries, two from each welfare regime where on has experienced severe retrenchment and the other less severe retrenchment over the last decades. The countries are Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Norway , Sweden and the UK. The findings show a stronger effect of social risk position and policy dissatisfaction in countries with more retrenchment within each welfare regime type, and the strongest effect is found in Sweden, where the expectations on the "generous" welfare state could be expected to be high and the dissatisfaction stemming from retrenchments consequently be stronger.
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Anthology: The Political Sociology of the Welfare State