English title: Age, class, and attitudes towards government responsibilities

Author(s): Stefan Svallfors - Joakim Kulin - Annette Schnabel -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2012

Abstract

This chapter argues that age and class are two fundamental principles of social stratification; therefore, it is a sociologically central task to analyze their impact on individuals' attitudes toward social arrangements. It examines to what extent do risk perceptions, beliefs about claimant groups and about the sustainability of the welfare state, and values work as micro-level mechanisms that tie class/age categories to attitudes toward government responsibilities. Findings show that perceptions about individual risk and beliefs about the extent of social problems mediated the class-attitudes relationship. Results further show a large variation across Europe in the extent to which class and age structure welfare attitudes. On average, across different dependent variables, age and class differences vary independently of each other.

From page no: 158

To page no: 192

Anthology: Contested Welfare States: Welfare Attitudes in Europe and Beyond