Public Opinion, Public Policy and the Welfare State

  title={Public Opinion, Public Policy and the Welfare State},
  author={Elim Papadakis},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={21 - 37}
  • E. Papadakis
  • Published 1 March 1992
  • Political Science
  • Political Studies
A recurring problem in political analysis is to link public opinion to public policy. Public opinion has often come to mean the replies to structured questions in representative surveys. The task of connecting opinion and policy is complicated by the difficulty in interpreting replies to these surveys. The burgeoning literature on public opinion and the crisis of the welfare state has failed to provide a consistent account of what aspects of policy might be driven by public demand or vice versa… 

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