Increasingly Connected? Political Distrust and Dissatisfaction with Public Services in Europe, 2008-2016

Lisanne de Blok, Atle Haugsgjerd, Staffan Kumlin

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Abstract

This chapter studies public evaluations of the performance of welfare state policies, with a particular focus on how such evaluations impact on ‘political trust’; that is, generalized confidence in democratic institutions. More specifically, it examines whether performance dissatisfaction increased between 2008 and 2016, given the welfare retrenchment reactions of several governments in Europe. Furthermore, it asks whether the negative effects of dissatisfaction on political trust have become stronger. With regard to both questions, the chapter analyses whether changes are more pronounced in countries and at time points more strongly exposed to the economic crises and related austerity policies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWelfare State Legitimacy in Times of Crisis and Austerity
Subtitle of host publicationBetween Continuity and Change
EditorsBart Meuleman, Wim van Oorschot, Tijs Laenen
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing, Incorporated
Chapter10
Pages201-221
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781788976305
ISBN (Print)9781788976299
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameGlobalization and Welfare series
PublisherEdward Elgar

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