1 February 2021
14:15 - 15:45
online - see link below

Seminar: Flavia Fossati – Deservingness of welfare support during COVID

Deservingness perceptions during times of crisis: evidence from survey experiments in Switzerland

Link to online seminar, see below.



Who should get welfare state support, when, and why, are pivotal questions in public opinion research. As a large body of literature shows, citizens are hardly ever willing to grant support to others completely unconditionally. Rather, in non-punctuated times, there is an established set of criteria that has been shown to matter when the public is asked to make deservingness judgments. Research by van Oorschot (2002) and his group shows that the so-called CARIN criteria (Control, Attitude, Risk, Identity and Need) are important determinants of whether a welfare beneficiary is considered to be deserving of help or not.

Against the backdrop of an almost unprecedented situation like the recent COVID pandemic, the question is whether access to crucial support measures, such as health care services (e.g., intensive care units) and economic support (e.g., schemes for the self-employed), is awarded according to the CARIN criteria or if the public adapts their heuristic. In this talk we will explore what criteria Swiss residents apply when making deservingness decisions during the first and second wave of the pandemic by means of several survey experiments.


Flavia Fossati is assistant professor for Inequality and Integration Studies at the University of Lausanne. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Zurich. Prior to joining the University of Lausanne, she worked as an assistant professor at the University of Vienna (Austria). She is affiliated with the Swiss national center of expertise in life course research (NCCR LIVES) and the Swiss national center for competence in research (nccr –on the move).

Her research interests include analyzing the determinants of a successful labor market integration of immigrants in Western countries, mainly by means of survey experiments, and studying public attitudes towards different welfare schemes. Recently her work has been focused on studying welfare state deservingness perceptions during times of crises.



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