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Multiculturalism and the Welfare StateRecognition and Redistribution in Contemporary Democracies$
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Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289172.001.0001

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‘If you are my brother, I may give you a dime!’ Public opinion on multiculturalism, trust, and the welfare state

‘If you are my brother, I may give you a dime!’ Public opinion on multiculturalism, trust, and the welfare state

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Multiculturalism and the Welfare State
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Markus Crepaz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289172.003.0003

This chapter examines two central questions: how widespread is public support for multiculturalism policies? and what is the impact of the adoption of MCPs on public support for the welfare state? In so doing, it seeks to ask whether countries with stronger MCPs have seen an erosion in public support for redistribution, in comparison with countries with low levels of MCPs. These issues are examined by analysing responses to opinion surveys which attitudes about multiculturalism, interpersonal trust, and support for the welfare state among the publics of Western democracies. The analysis finds no evidence for the view that adopting MCPs erodes trust, solidarity or public support for the welfare state.

Keywords:   multiculturalism policies, attitudes, minorities, public opinion, diversity, welfare state, social policy

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