Race of Recipient and Support for Welfare in Canada

Posted: 26 Sep 2010

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Allison Harell

Université du Québec à Montréal

Stuart N. Soroka

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Date Written: September 24, 2010

Abstract

Drawing on a unique experimental design, this paper examines the ways in which racialized images influence attitudes toward redistributive policy. While work in the US points to a strong racialization of welfare attitudes, little research explores the ways in which race may structure attitudes about welfare elsewhere. In the Canadian context, our results suggest that support for redistribution is lower when recipients are Aboriginal than when they are portrayed as white or from another racial minority. As we have seen in the US, then, support for welfare is related to perceptions about the race of the recipient, as well as the type of benefit received.

Keywords: Social assistance, Aboriginals, Race and Ethnicity, Welfare, Public Opinion

Suggested Citation

Harell, Allison and Soroka, Stuart N., Race of Recipient and Support for Welfare in Canada (September 24, 2010). CIRANO - Scientific Publications 2010s-42. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1682135 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1682135

Allison Harell

Université du Québec à Montréal ( email )

PB 8888 Station DownTown
Succursale Centre Ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C3P8
Canada

Stuart N. Soroka (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - College of Literature, Science & the Arts ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

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