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Group specific effects of social policies on social trust

Tamilina, Larysa (2012): Group specific effects of social policies on social trust.

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Abstract

This paper elaborates on the existence of a gender gap in social trust and on the differences in the effects of social policies on social trust between men and women. Although according to the data, there are no statistically significant differences in trust levels between men and women, they seem to be differently influenced by social policy. The research shows that there is no gender dimension in social policy, but it allows one to conclude that women are usually treated by the welfare state in a less favorable manner than men. The latter includes differences between the two sexes in the following aspects: emphasis on employment; social benefits levels; treatment during the application for and monitoring of social benefits; poverty rate levels; treatment by social insurance; and in general, the reproduction by welfare states the subordination of women to men.

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