English title: Who benefits? Welfare chauvinism and national stereotypes

Author(s): Frederik Hjorth -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016

Abstract

Cross-border welfare rights for citizens of European Union member states are intensely contested, yet there is limited research into voter opposition to such rights, sometimes denoted ‘welfare chauvinism’. We highlight an overlooked aspect in scholarly work: the role of stereotypes about beneficiaries of cross-border welfare. We present results from an original large-scale survey experiment (N=2525) among Swedish voters, randomizing exposure to cues about recipients' country of origin and family size. Consistent with a model emphasizing the role of stereotypes, respondents react to cues about recipient identity. These effects are strongest among respondents high in ethnic prejudice and economic conservatism. The findings imply that stereotypes about who benefits from cross-border welfare rights condition public support for those rights.

Volume: 17

Issue: 1

From page no: 3

To page no: 24

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/1465116515607371

Journal: European Union Politics

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