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Reciprocity in welfare institutions and normative attitudes in EU Member States
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. (Europaforskningsgruppen)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2319-769X
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7637-4496
European University Institute.
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Abstract [en]

This paper analyses how national welfare institutions and normative attitudes to welfarevary across EU/EFTA countries, and how national welfare institutions are linked to welfareattitudes, a long-standing question of comparative welfare state research. Our focus in thispaper is on the concept of ‘reciprocity’ in welfare institutions and welfare attitudes, animportant, and, we argue, under-researched issue that has been at the heart of recentdebates about common EU policy-making, especially about whether and how to reform thecurrent rules for free movement of workers in the EU. More specifically, the paper uses datafrom the European Social Survey (ESS) and a newly-constructed dataset of thecharacteristics of welfare institutions in 24 EU countries to address three questions: How dosocial protection programmes in EU member states differ with regard to reciprocity? Howdo normative attitudes to reciprocity in welfare programmes vary across EU memberstates? And finally, how are these normative attitudes linked to the actual design of welfarestate programmes? We find substantial cross-country differences in social protectionprogrammes in relation to the concept of reciprocity, considerable variation in normativeattitudes to reciprocity, and that there is a clear correlation between the two. That nationalinstitutions matter for normative attitudes around core welfare state programmes mayhave significant consequences for views about free movement among Europeanpopulations, with potentially important repercussions for the politics around freemovement in the EU.

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2019. , p. 41
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-400405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-400405DiVA, id: diva2:1381225
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EU, Horizon 2020, 727072Available from: 2019-12-20 Created: 2019-12-20 Last updated: 2019-12-20

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