In the wake of the financial crisis, and with increasing numbers of people in precarious and low paid jobs, there has been a surprising surge of support for populist right-wing political parties who often promote an anti-welfare message. Tougher approaches and welfare chauvinism are on the agenda in many countries, with policies which reduce the welfare state for those seen as undeserving and changes that often disproportionally benefit the rich.
Why are voters seemingly not concerned about growing inequality? Using a mixed-methods approach and newly released data, this book aims to answer this question and to show possible ways forward for welfare states.
"This important book sets out to tackle the welfare–populism nexus and convincingly shows that the new divisions in our societies instigate welfare chauvinism." Steffen Mau, Humboldt University of Berlin
“A very timely exposé that contributes significantly to our understanding of the factors at stake in the complex interplay between the rise of populism and the development of the welfare state.” Femke Roosma, Tilburg University
Bent Greve is professor in Welfare State Analysis in the Department of Society and Business at Roskilde University in Denmark. He has published intensively on issues related to welfare states and their changes.
What is it all about?;
Why inequality matters;
Dualization and the labour market;
What form has the development in welfare spending taken?;
Has social cohesion been eroded?;
What do we know about citizens’ perception of the welfare state? ~ Anders Ejrnæs and Bent Greve;
Populism, welfare chauvinism and hostility towards immigrants ~ Anders Ejrnæs and Bent Greve;