Valoración del gasto en servicios públicos por la ciudadanía española: sociodemografía, actitudes, valores y economía política
This paper analyses Spanish citizens’ views of public service expenditure, related to their socio-demographic characteristics, values and political economic conjunctures. The study’s contributions are: 1) bringing the analysis up to the present time, including the COVID and pos-COVID periods; 2) analysing the determinants by using a multivariate regression analysis; and 3) studying the relationship between assessments of public service expenditure and actual spending, identifying significant patterns, especially in education and healthcare. The results obtained are robust, especially for welfare policy assessments. Important sociological changes in the assessment of public policies are identified and additional evidence is provided about the highly important role played by cultural values («symbolic predispositions») with respect to «self-interest» in explaining the assessment of public spending.