Justice perceptions of sanctions for unemployed welfare recipients

Abraham M, Rottmann M, Stephan G (2023)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2023


Book Volume: 110

Article Number: 102839

DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2022.102839


Institutions of the welfare state are supposed to function in accordance with normative principles of redistributive justice, which should guide not only the allocation but also the withdrawal of resources. Our study examines justice assessments of sanctions for unemployed individuals receiving welfare benefits, a much-discussed variant of benefit withdrawal. We present results from a factorial survey that asked German citizens to indicate which sanction they would perceive as just under different scenarios. In particular, we look at different kinds of deviant behavior on the part of the unemployed job seeker, which allows for a broad picture concerning potential sanction-triggering events. The findings show that the extent of sanctions perceived as just varies considerably across scenarios. Respondents would impose more sanctions on men, repeaters, and young people. Moreover, they have a clear picture of the severity of the deviant behavior.

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Abraham, M., Rottmann, M., & Stephan, G. (2023). Justice perceptions of sanctions for unemployed welfare recipients. Social Science Research, 110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2022.102839


Abraham, Martin, Miriam Rottmann, and Gesine Stephan. "Justice perceptions of sanctions for unemployed welfare recipients." Social Science Research 110 (2023).

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