English title: Does Left-Right Orientation have a Causal Effect on Support for Redistribution? Causal Analysis with Cross-Sectional Data using Instrumental Variables

Author(s): Mads Meier Jæger -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2008


This article argues that previous studies which test the causal effect of left–right orientation on support for the welfare state suffer from two important shortcomings that render their causal analysis problematic. Furthermore, using support for redistribution as the empirical indicator of welfare state support (Svallfors, 1999; Linos & West, 2003), this article suggests a new methodological approach to dealing with these shortcomings which allows for causal analysis and which also has wider applicability in public opinion research.

Volume: 20

Issue: 3

From page no: 363

To page no: 374

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1093/IJPOR/EDN030

Journal: International journal of public opinion research

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