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Reliance and attitudes: A study about the effect of political and institutional trust on postures towards the welfare state among migrants and non-migrants

Wickemeyer, S. (2013) Reliance and attitudes: A study about the effect of political and institutional trust on postures towards the welfare state among migrants and non-migrants.

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Abstract:“Whether citizens support the welfare state depends on whether they trust the welfare state to be capable of delivering various public goods and services of sufficient quality” (Edlund, 2006, p.397). Although this argument incorporates a tempting logic research dealing with the question if this claim is valid is not to be found often, especially not with regard to immigrants who are a growing section of European populations. That is why, the aim of this study is to find out whether the level of political and social trust of immigrants has an impact on their attitudes towards the welfare state. In accordance with usual quantitative research methods, data from the European Social Survey has been used and evaluated with the background of existing literature and theories. It has been expected that the results of multiple regression analyses reveal a positive correlation between the independent and dependent variable. This means that the higher the degree to which immigrants have confidence in the political actors and institutions in their immigration country, the more they are supportive of respective welfare state provisions. However, hypotheses have not been confirmed after the running of statistical measurements. No distinctive differences between the two population groups were observed neither could a strong, positively linear relationship between trust and attitudes be detected. Both samples show low levels of political, modest levels of institutional trust and comparably high scores on government responsibility. Furthermore, initial correlations between the two variables were not resistant to the influence of third factors.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/63568
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