Chapter 5 Changes in Russians’ Attitudes: What Accounts for Reduced Preferences Regarding Public Welfare Provision?
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This chapter extends the usual geographical scope by focusing on change and continuity in welfare attitudes in Russia, although compared with general tendencies in European countries. Unlike European countries, Russia has suffered from a protracted crisis since 2014, and it was not until 2017 that it recorded a modest growth. Thus, while the effects of the 2008 crisis on welfare opinions may have already softened and returned to pre-crisis levels in European countries, the memories of the recession might still be fresher in Russian respondents’ minds, allowing us to compare opinions right at the beginning and at the end of recession. Finding similar or divergent patterns of opinion change in Russia can shed light on the extent to which the changes in welfare attitudes observed in European countries are unique, or reflect a general trend in similar institutional and attitudinal contexts.

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