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7256 -- SACHWEH, PATRIK, CARSTEN G. ULLRICH & BERNHARD CHRISTOPH

Die gesellschaftliche Akzeptanz der Sozialhilfe. Eine Untersuchung aus moralökonomischer Perspektive
Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 58.2006:489-509
Keywords: social assistance, poverty, moral economy, welfare state, social security, victim blaming

##The societal acceptance of social assistance. An empirical investigation from a moral economy perspective
This article examines on which grounds the German population is willing to support a social policy program targeted towards minorities such as social assistance. Using our own survey data and applying linear regression analysis, we test several hypotheses concerning the influence of self-interest, justice-orientations, and victim-blaming attitudes towards welfare recipients on two indicators of support for social assistance. A central finding is that the effects can be interpreted in line with the concept of a "moral economy", in that the justice orientations of the respondents as well as their attitudes towards welfare recipients correspond with the norms incorporated in the institutional architecture of social assistance.##

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