Welfare States and Public Opinion comprises an informed inquiry into three fields of social policy - health policy, family policy, and unemployment benefits and social assistance. Though the analyses stem from research spanning fifteen countries across Europe, the conclusions can be applied to social policy problems in nations worldwide. Combining a detailed analysis of the institutional structure of social policy with the study of public attitudes toward healthcare, family policy, and benefits for the unemployed and poor, this book represents a new stream in public opinion research. The authors demonstrate that the institutional designs of social policies have a great impact on inequalities among social groups, and provide best practices for gaining public support for social policy reform. The wealth of information found in this comprehensive study will be of interest t only to scholars and students of sociology, political science, social policy, public policy and law, but to health and social policymakers the world over.
Claus Wendt, Professor of Sociology of Health and Healthcare Systems, University of Siegen and External Fellow, Mannheim Center for European Social Research, Germany, Monika Mischke, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Siegen and PhD Candidate, University of Mannheim, Germany and Michaela Pfeifer, European Parliament, Belgium