9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN26 Sociology of Social Policy

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Restructuring European Social Policies Building II, Auditório C1.04

Policies and Public Opinion - An (un)clear Relation

What sort of policies exists in Portugal? Could we establish a continuum of policy implementation by key-sectors? Are Portuguese policies a result of a "structural" or of an "environmental" bigger strategy, or are both? Portuguese governments launch different policies according with their constitutive ideologies? These are some of the questions that we can ask if we consider the study of policies in Portugal.

In our paper we aim to present some correlational work related with implemented Portuguese policies. Using the European Social Survey (ESS) data and, analysing governmental programs, government law-making, and other political documents, generate and in exercise during the ESS rounds years (2002; 2004; 2006), we will try to understand the relation between Portuguese public opinion about key ESS aspects and existent policies.

Having the three ESS rounds' as statistic support, we will explore Portuguese Political Satisfaction using indicators as "Satisfaction with Education", "Satisfaction with Health", "Satisfaction with Economy", "Satisfaction with Government" and "Satisfaction with Democracy".

We will try to be aware of the policies path during the referred period of time, and likewise, we will attempt to employ an index that uses all the indicators that we previously identified.