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How sociability and trust impact on welfare attitudes. A cross-european analysis (English version)


  • Bogdan VOICU

    () (Principal Research Fellows, Romanian Academy of Sciences: The Research Institute for Quality of Life, Associate professors, “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu: Department of Sociology.Contact address: Institutul de Cercetare a Calitatii Vietii, Casa Academiei Romane, Calea 13 Septembrie, Nr. 13, Sector 5, Bucharest 050711, ROMANIA)

  • Malina VOICU

    () (GESIS - Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Data Archive for the Social Sciences (DAS),European Data Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (EUROLAB), Bachemer Str. 40,D-50931 Cologne, GERMANY)


The bulk of the literature investigating the connection between social capital and the welfare state explores the impact of the latter one on various manifestations of the first one. The tested assumption is therefore usually related to the effects of the institutional arrangements on the existing resources. Our paper proposes a different approach, focusing on the effects of four social capital indicators on very general attitudes towards the welfare state. Using multilevel models, we show that the less formalized manifestations of social capital are negatively related to the support for a broader welfare state, while for the more formal ones the opposite holds true. Considering the relations between the welfare culture and the shape of the welfare state (as described in the literature), and our findings, we conclude that the institutional arrangements represent both a factor which models social capital, as well as a consequence of the latter one.

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  • Bogdan VOICU & Malina VOICU, 2011. "How sociability and trust impact on welfare attitudes. A cross-european analysis (English version)," Revista de cercetare si interventie sociala, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 33, pages 72-90, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:33:y:2011:i::p:72-90

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    social capital; welfare attitudes; state; comparative research.;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • Y80 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Related Disciplines - - - Related Disciplines


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