Going with the Flow? The Effect of Economic Fluctuation on People’s Solidarity with Unemployed People.
|Professorship/Faculty:||Sociology, especially Social Inequality||Authors:||Uunk, Wilfred; van Oorschot, Wim||Title of the Journal:||Social indicators research : an international and interdisciplinary journal for quality-of-life measurement||ISSN:||0303-8300|
|Publisher Information:||Dordrecht [u.a.] : Springer Science||Year of publication:||2019||Volume:||143||Issue:||3||Pages / Size:||1129-1146||Language(s):||English||Document Type:||Article||Abstract:||
Rising levels of unemployment in European welfare states have revived questions on the social protection of the unemployed and the people’s solidarity with this claimant group. Does people’s solidarity with the unemployed—in terms of the welfare benefits they would grant this group—decrease when the economy fares ill and unemployment is on the rise, or does solidarity increase as many more people are at risk of losing their jobs? And, do changes in economic conditions and unemployment affect the solidarity of all social groups alike, or are there differences with people’s socio-economic position? In this study, we address these questions using repeated cross-section data from the Netherlands in the period 1975–2010. Our multilevel analyses show that in times of higher unemployment people’s solidarity with the unemployed is higher, while independently from that, in times of economic downturn solidarity is lower. These macro-level effects vary only little across social groups, yet we do find that the unemployment rate affects people’s solidarity more positively during economic good times. This indicates that people’s solidarity with the unemployed depends, among others, on the specific macro-economic constellation of economic welfare and unemployment.
|Keywords:||Welfare attitudes · Economic fluctuation · Unemployment · Solidarity||Peer Reviewed:||Ja||International Distribution:||Ja||URI:||https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/45799||Release Date:||2. July 2019|