Classed attitudes and social reform in cross-national perspective

a quantitative analysis using four waves from the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)

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    Abstract

    This article attempts to forge new links between social attitudes and social policy change in Australia. Drawing on four survey waves of international social survey data and using multivariate regression analysis, this article sheds new light on the determinants of Australian attitudes towards the welfare state. It examines their variations across time and compares them with other leading Western economies. While there is popular support for government actions to protect Australian citizens in old age and sickness, views about social protection and labour market policy for the working-age population are divided. The comparative analysis and the focus on class-attitude linkages allows for further critical reflection on the nature of social relations and recent social reforms enacted by the Liberal-National coalition government.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-20
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Sociology
    Early online date9 Mar 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Mar 2016

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    social reform
    social attitude
    old age
    multivariate analysis
    welfare state
    Social Relations
    coalition
    regression analysis
    illness
    determinants
    citizen
    economy
    time
    Labor Market Policy
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    Keywords

    • class
    • data analysis
    • political sociology
    • quantitative analysis
    • welfare state

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