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Who are the outsiders and what do they want? Welfare state preferences in dualized societies


  • Silja Häusermann, Hanna Schwander


This paper makes three contributions. First, it presents a new conceptualization and measurement of outsider-status, which is based on social class and which takes into account that the category of outsiders is composed differently in different countries, depending on labor markets and welfare states. Second, it argues theoretically and shows empirically that the class-based measure of insider-and outsider status has a stronger explanatory power with regard to individual-level welfare preferences than the measure based on labor market status. And third, it demonstrates empirically that dualization, combined with skill-levels, shapes people’s preferences with regard to different welfare policies: Outsiders have stronger preferences for redistribution and for social investment than insiders. The analyses are based on micro-level ISSP data.

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  • Silja Häusermann, Hanna Schwander, 2011. "Who are the outsiders and what do they want? Welfare state preferences in dualized societies," Les Cahiers européens de Sciences Po 1, Centre d'études européennes (CEE) at Sciences Po, Paris.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:scpoxx:p0046

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    labour contract; political economy; social policy; unemployment; welfare state;

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