Institutions, Employment Insecurity and Polarization in Support for Unemployment Benefits

Date: 01 October 2014

Research has shown that workers’ support for public unemployment benefits (UB) depends on their level of employment insecurity: the insecure workers are more supportive of benefits than the secure workers. It can also be hypothesized that this polarization in support for UB is increased or decreased by the institutional settings of a country. We are particularly interested in two types of institutional conditions: the level of employment protection and the generosity of unemployment benefits. We discuss how public provision of social protection in terms of job security and income might motivate the subjectively secure and insecure workers in different ways and thereby polarize or unite support for unemployment benefits. We find that protection of temporary job contracts and generous unemployment benefits bring the attitudes of the secure and insecure closer together.

Marii Paskov Ferry Koster

Employment, Equity and Growth

Institutions, Employment Insecurity and Polarization in Support for Unemployment Benefits


Type: paper

Paskov, M. and Koster, F. (2014) 'Institutions, employment insecurity and polarization in support for unemployment benefits’. Journal of European Social Policy, 24(4): 367-382


View Document