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Department of Political Science

Welfare systems, opinion formation, trust and happiness

The CCWS has had a significant position of strength with respect to the connection between welfare systems and opinion formation, social trust and happiness. The underlying premise is that welfare systems are crucial for understating cross-national variations in public opinions, social trust and happiness. Many CCWS members are interested in the structural designs of the different welfare systems while also holding an interest in survey research and opinion formation. CCWS has fielded large national surveys about welfare opinions (2000, 2008 and 2014). CCWS members are also connected to the Danish ISSP group, which annually collect data on topics such as role of government, citizenship, gender and family, inequality, health etc. Finally, CCWS members are also involved in the Danish Elections studies. CCWS has also conducted qualitative interviews with citizens and currently work with deliberative forums.

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