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Political actors, public opinion and the extension of welfare coverage

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In a post-industrial world in which employment is increasingly ‘non-standard’, the tying of benefit access to standard employment history in insurance-style programmes has created considerable insider–outsider welfare state divisions. This article investigates the factors shaping attempts to address this issue through the extension of benefit coverage. Comparing the introduction of minimum income schemes in France and Italy, it explores the explanatory power of various partisanship- and institution-based accounts. The article argues that Italian inaction was the result not of partisanship-based factors, but rather of contrasting levels of public pressure. The divergent public opinion was, in turn, shaped by institutional characteristics typically associated with Southern European welfare states. Survey and multi-level model analyses provide support for the claim that the centrality of the family and limited administrative capacity have had an impact on concern for the unemployed.

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  • Science

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Journal of European Social Policy

Volume

25

Issue

3

Pages

303 - 315

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© The Author

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Kevins, A., Political actors, public opinion and the extension of welfare coverage, Journal of European Social Policy (25:3) pp. 303-315. Copyright © 2015 (The Author). DOI: 10.1177/0958928715588705. Users who receive access to an article through a repository are reminded that the article is protected by copyright and reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses. Users may also download and save a local copy of an article accessed in an institutional repository for the user's personal reference.

Publication date

2015-06-17

Copyright date

2015

ISSN

0958-9287

eISSN

1461-7269

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Anthony Kevins

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