FÖRÄNDRADE VÄLFÄRDSATTITYDER I EUROPA? En komparativ fallstudie av välfärdsattityder mellan tre postkommunistiska och tre västerländska EU-medlemsländer

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: The following thesis aims to explore how welfare attitudes in east European countries havechanged since the resolution of the Soviet Union and the fall of communism. It also aims toexplore whether or not the European Unions “Soft power” affects eastern European countriesand drive them towards western convergence. Previous research focuses on both individual andcontextual factors as explanations on why and how welfare attitudes change, but the researchis quite old and newer studies needs to be done as the post-communist countries has been undera new leadership during an extensive period of time, and the countries in the thesis has alsobeen part of the EU for 16 years now. The study consists of two steps, first there is a comparativecase study, that compares welfare attitudes in eastern European countries between the years1996 and 2016 and whether or not there is convergence on this field within the EU. Then ananalysis on which factors might affect individuals’ attitudes on welfare. The results of the studyshow that there has been a change of attitudes over the 20 years that the data is from and somefactors are more likely to affect attitudes than others.

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