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Beliefs in Government$
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Max Kaase and Kenneth Newton

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198294726

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198294727.001.0001

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The Growth and Decline of the State?

The Growth and Decline of the State?

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(p.65) 4 The Growth and Decline of the State?
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Beliefs in Government
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Max Kaase (Contributor Webpage)

Kenneth Newton (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198294727.003.0004

This chapter reviews the finding of the ‘Beliefs in government’ project regarding the comparative development of public attitudes towards the welfare state in the countries of Western Europe: whether the scope of government should contract, who are the main opinion‐formers, and how far their views are shared by the general public. The key question at issue is whether a new era of restricted or minimal government is on the horizon.

Keywords:   public opinion, scope of government, welfare state, Western Europe

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