Coming together in a rightward direction: post-1980s changing attitudes to the British welfare state

Christopher Deeming, Ron Johnston

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Abstract

Major changes in the British welfare state were initiated during the 1980s in response to the 1970s’ stagflation, rapid globalisation and the government’s inability to ensure full employment: the relatively unrestricted payment of unemployment benefits was replaced by a jobseekers’ allowance with applicants obliged to seek work actively and, if required, undergo training. Public support for this shift lagged behind the policy introductions, but from 1997 on there was a major change in attitudes towards welfare beneficiaries. Analysis of social attitude survey data for 1983-2011 shows this change occurred during the decade of relative prosperity under the New Labour governments. There was a growing concentration of anti-welfare attitudes across all social groups, regions and supporters of the main political parties.
LanguageEnglish
Pages395–413
Number of pages19
JournalQuality and Quantity
Volume52
Issue number1
Early online date20 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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