English title: Sharing the Risk? Households, Labor Market Vulnerability, and Social Policy Preferences in Western Europe

Author(s): Silja Häusermann - Thomas Kurer - Hanna Schwander -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016

Abstract

Explaining social policy preferences has become a major topic in comparative politics with labor market risk as a key determinant of these preferences. However, one question continues to loom large: are preference divides blurred by mixed households, that is, secure labor market participants living with vulnerable partners? In this article, we build on the insider-outsider literature and show that while the household does matter, its mitigating effect is limited in scope and strongly conditional on gender. Women’s preferences depend on their partner’s labor market situation, while men’s preferences are unaffected by it. Overall, only a small minority of the population across Western Europe benefits from a “household safety net.” Our findings have important implications for understanding the politicization of insider-outsider divides.

Volume: 78

Issue: 4

From page no: 1045

To page no: 1060

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1086/686972

Journal: Journal of Politics