English title: The Differentiation of Social Demands in Europe. The Social Basis of the European Models of Capitalism

Author(s): Bruno Amable -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2009

Abstract

This paper tests the impact of various determinants of the preference for two key elements of the European social models: redistribution and trade unions, using individual data from the first round of the European Social Survey. The basic hypothesis is that the main determinant of an individual’s support for these elements of the European models is the social position of the individual in terms of income, status and risks attached to their labour market insertion. The paper also considers the relative importance of less ‘materialist’ influences such as religion or other cultural determinants. The estimations show that ‘materialist’ determinants are by far the most important influences on individual preferences, contrary to what most social theories of modernisation contend.

Volume: 91

Issue: 3

From page no: 391

To page no: 426

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1007/S11205-008-9340-6

Journal: Social Indicators Research