Chapter 3 acts as a bridge between the theoretical framework, presented in the previous chapters, and the empirical analyses, presented in the next chapters. Its main objective is to explain and justify how the three core concepts of the book’s heuristic model – public support for social welfare, popular deservingness opinions and welfare state policies – have been measured and operationalized. In doing so, we also clarify how the book addresses most of the conceptual and empirical lacunae we identified in the existing literature.
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