Author ORCID Identifier

http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3672-2131 : Nazim Habibov

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2014

Publication Title

Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Volume

41

Issue

4

First Page

23

Last Page

48

Keywords

public redistribution, social capital, poverty, inequality, public opinion

Abstract

Does institutional trust on the individual and on the countrylevel influence public attitudes to state social welfare expenditures in transitional countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia? To answer this question, this study draws on a comparative survey conducted in 24 countries. Multilevel binomial logit regression was used to allow for the simultaneous inclusion of variables at the individual- and country-levels of analysis. Institutional trust is associated with positive attitudes to welfare expenditures on the individual level, but not on the country level. Women, older individuals, those who are less educated, and those of low-income are associated with more positive attitudes to social welfare investments. Ideology is another important factor influencing public attitudes to welfare expenditures. By contrast, no significant effect of countrylevel poverty, inequality, and gross domestic product was found.

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