Welfare Regimes and the Norms of Social Exchange

  title={Welfare Regimes and the Norms of Social Exchange},
  author={Steffen Mau},
  journal={Current Sociology},
  pages={53 - 74}
  • Steffen Mau
  • Published 1 January 2004
  • Economics
  • Current Sociology
The article highlights the normative underpinning of acts of social giving. The propensity to engage in a costly collective endeavour is strongly enhanced by reciprocity assumptions. People are not solely self-regarding but also care for the well-being of others and express support for the moral purposes of welfare programmes. To identify the conditions under which people tend to support or object to redistributive policies we need to shed light on the specific reciprocity norms that affect… 

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