Adding Another Level: Individual Responses to Globalization and Government Welfare Policies

Spilker, Gabriele; Schaffer, Lena Maria (2016). Adding Another Level: Individual Responses to Globalization and Government Welfare Policies. Political Science Research and Methods, 4(2), pp. 399-426. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/psrm.2015.10

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Literature on the compensation hypothesis overwhelmingly concentrates on either the macro or micro level of the relationship between globalization and welfare spending. This paper explicitly addresses this shortcoming by using individual citizens and country-specific characteristics in a hierarchical model framework. We start by examining individual’s context-conditional reactions to actual economic globalization and welfare generosity; after which, we make the effect of actual economic globalization (welfare generosity) conditional on whether the individual is a globalization winner or loser. In contrast to theoretical expectations, our results indicate that actual economic globalization does not affect people’s perception in the manner expected by the compensation hypothesis. However, individuals display more positive attitudes toward globalization if welfare state generosity is proxied using government spending on active labor market programs.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > World Trade Institute
10 Strategic Research Centers > World Trade Institute

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > NCCR International Trade Regulation

UniBE Contributor:

Schaffer, Lena Maria

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 380 Commerce, communications & transportation

ISSN:

2049-8470

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Pablo Rahul Das

Date Deposited:

31 Mar 2017 16:47

Last Modified:

20 Feb 2020 08:51

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/psrm.2015.10

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URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/98144

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