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Stick or Shift? Attitudes towards inequality, the Welfare State and social security benefits during COVID-19

Thursday 07 October 2021 11:00 - 12:00

This event will be held ONLINE.

What can we learn about (public) attitudes towards aspects of the welfare state in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic? It is a now well-rehearsed observation that the pandemic has created unprecedented social conditions and challenges. A reasonable assumption is that this would feed through into drastic shifts in attitudes, but this is not what the evidence to date shows.

This event paints a more detailed picture of what has happened to attitudes and why. Covering attitudes towards the welfare state, inequality and social security benefits we ask what has happened to attitudes, why this might be, and what this means for policy formation and change.

Key questions:

  • (How) has the pandemic precipitated a shift in attitudes?
  • How do the conditions of the pandemic relate to attitudes to inequality, the welfare state, and benefits stigma? And how might these be related?
  • How do our methods of investigation relate to what we can observe about attitudes?
  • How should we think about attitudes in relation to policy formation and change?



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