How Are Policymakers Influenced by What the Public Wants? An Experimental Study of the Effect of Public Opinion on Elite Preferences and Behavior. University of Antwerp
The Voice of the People. Displays of Public Opinion in the News and Their Influence on Audiences. University of Antwerp
Equality, equity or need? Public opinion towards distributive justice in the changing welfare state KU Leuven
Contemporary Western societies are characterized by a de-structuring of the social contract of
organized modernity. This brings along renewed discussions on distributive justice, i.e. how the
burdens and benefits of our welfare system can be distributed fairly. Three principles of
distributive justice are distinguished: (1) equity: distribution dependent on contributions; (2)
equality: the same access to social welfare ...
There is a concern within the academic and public debate on the democratic legitimacy of contemporary democracies. Political parties are losing members and electoral turnout is in decline in a large number of Westen democracies. The influence of the media on the democratic legitimacy of political systems is under discussion. In this project the influence of political communication on public opinions will be studied using content analysis and ...
Deservingness perceptions in European welfare states: Comparative analyses of public opinion on the social rights and duties of needy groups. KU Leuven
In welfare states different groups of needy people are treated differently. For some groups social protection is more easily accessible, more generous, longer lasting, and/or less subjected to reciprocal obligations than for other groups. Generally, such differential treatment is assumed to be influenced by economic (e.g. less protection for less productive groups), political (e.g. better protection for groups with stronger lobbies) and ...