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Attitudes, Aspirations and Welfare

Social Policy Directions in Uncertain Times

  • Peter Taylor-Gooby
  • Benjamin Leruth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth
    Pages 1-28
  3. Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth
    Pages 29-61
  4. Christian Albrekt Larsen, Morten Frederiksen, Mathias Herup Nielsen
    Pages 63-91
  5. Mi Ah Schøyen, Bjørn Hvinden
    Pages 137-181
  6. Heejung Chung, Maša Filipovič Hrast, Tatjana Rakar
    Pages 183-214
  7. Maša Filipovič Hrast, Ellen M. Immergut, Tatjana Rakar, Urban Boljka, Diana Burlacu, Andra Roescu
    Pages 215-242
  8. Katharina Zimmermann, Heejung Chung, Jan-Ocko Heuer
    Pages 243-272
  9. Peter Taylor-Gooby, Benjamin Leruth
    Pages 273-295
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 297-317

About this book


This edited collection uses democratic forums to study what people want from the welfare state in five European countries. The forum method yields new insights into how people frame social issues, their priorities and acceptable solutions. This is the first time democratic forums have been used as a research tool in this field.

The contributors’ research show that most people recognize growing inequality, population ageing, paying for health care and pensions, social care and immigration as areas where the welfare state faces real challenges. The most striking findings are the high level of support across all countries for social investment, and the way justifications for this vary between welfare state regimes. The authors also explore key areas such as immigration and intergenerational differences.

Attitudes, Aspirations and Welfare will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines including politics, social policy and sociology, as well as policy-makers.




Brexit Attitude survey Populism European welfare systems Policy-makers Neo-liberalism Immigration Inequality

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Taylor-Gooby
    • 1
  • Benjamin Leruth
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social ResearchUniversity of KentCanterburyUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Institute for Governance and Policy AnalysisUniversity of CanberraCanberra, ACTAustralia

About the editors

Peter Taylor-Gooby is Research Professor of Social Policy at the University of Kent, UK.

Benjamin Leruth is Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Administration at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra, Australia. 

Bibliographic information


“This volume offers convincing arguments for the importance of consensus. In a context of declining solidarity and rising populism, and with past social achievements under threat, this is a timely and necessary message. Policy-makers, employers’ organizations, trade unions and academics, would benefit from reading the feasible and plausible recommendations and insights of this book.” (Hedva Sarfati, International Social Security Review, Vol. 72 (2), 2019)