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Constitutions and Public Support for Welfare Policies


  • Takeshi Iida
  • Tetsuya Matsubayashi


This research explores how constitutional designs affect a cross-national gap in public support for welfare policies. We contend that the constitution's statements regarding the citizens' right to receive welfare services constrain elite discourse on social welfare, which in turn exerts a strong influence on the level of mass support for and ambivalence over welfare policies. Copyright (c) 2010 by the Southwestern Social Science Association.

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  • Takeshi Iida & Tetsuya Matsubayashi, 2010. "Constitutions and Public Support for Welfare Policies," Social Science Quarterly, Southwestern Social Science Association, vol. 91(1), pages 42-62.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:socsci:v:91:y:2010:i:1:p:42-62

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