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Wolfgang Glatzer (2007)

The Welfare State and the Perceived Quality of Society*

In: Zeitschrift für Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Vol. 32, 1-2/2007, p. 183-204, Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, ISSN: 0340-2398

Social tendencies which are difficult to influence start exerting pressure on the welfare state: demographic aging, structural unemployment, ongoing globalisation, increasing public debts. In a democratic society, a reform of the system of social security can only happen if a significant part of the population supports the reform. People’s perception of quality of life is of particular relevance in this respect for the success of reforms. The main dimensions of the subjectively-perceived quality of society are the satisfaction of people with life and with individual domains of life, attitudes towards fairness in society, the estimation of their own economic conditions and the perceived threat resulting from societal conflicts. Social reporting is concerned with indicators describing these social tendencies. The significance of the welfare state consists above all in influences exerted conjointly with other societal actors.

* Original title: Der Sozialstaat und die wahrgenommene Qualität der Gesellschaft (full text in German only)

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