|aWelfare states and public opinion :|bperceptions of healthcare systems, family policy and benefits for the unemployed and poor in Europe /|cClaus Wendt, Monika Mischke, Michaela Pfeifer.
|aCheltenham, UK ;|aNorthampton, MA :|bEdward Elgar Pub.|c2011.
|aviii, 200 p. :|bill. ;|c24 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 173-196) and index.
|a 1. Introduction -- 2. Perceptions of welfare state institutions: theories and concepts -- 3. Healthcare ? Our greatest good? -- 4. Family policy ? One for all? -- 5. Public support for unemployment benefits and social assistance schemes ? Money for nothing or help in dire straits? -- 6. Conclusion: comparing public attitudes in three fields of social policy.
|a"[This book] 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 15 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." -- Back cover.