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Free Content Consensus or dissensus? Analysing people's perceptions of the necessities of life in Finland

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The aim of this study is to analyse whether or not people are in consensus on what the necessities of life are in Finland. Consensus is analysed through two criteria: a public oriented view on the necessities and agreement between individuals. The study utilises a Finnish postal survey from 2015 where people were asked about the necessity of 23 items. The results suggest that individual views are shaped by personal circumstances and a fully public-oriented view cannot be established. Further, the respondents did not seem to agree on what are necessities. This implies that the minimum living standard could not be established consensually.

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Keywords: CONSENSUS; NECESSITIES; POVERTY

Document Type: Research Article

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Publication date: October 2018

This article was made available online on July 20, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "Consensus or dissensus? Analysing people’s perceptions of the necessities of life in Finland".

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