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Transforming the Dutch welfare state

Transforming the Dutch welfare state: Social risks and corporatist reform

Mara A. Yerkes
Copyright Date: 2011
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    Transforming the Dutch welfare state
    Book Description:

    This comprehensive study provides a thorough account of important policy developments in the Netherlands that are significant beyond the borders of the Dutch welfare state. It demonstrates the dramatic changes that have taken place in the protection of old and new social risks, exploring the mechanisms behind these changes in the context of corporatist welfare state institutions. This book is essential for welfare state scholars, graduate students and policy makers.

    eISBN: 978-1-84742-964-3
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. iii-iii)
  3. Preface
    (pp. iv-iv)
  4. ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-20)
    Romke van der Veen

    This book is about the perception and management of social risks in a corporatist welfare state. Using the Netherlands as its backdrop, it provides a primarily qualitative, in-depth case study of the perception and management of different social risk forms: disability, childcare and insufficient employability. More specifically, this book deals with the perceptions of these risks by political, social and economic actors in welfare provision: political parties, state policy makers, trade unionists and employers, the consequential management of these risks within the corporatist context and what this says about the collective nature of social risks in the Dutch welfare state....

  5. TWO Changing social risks, changing risk protection?
    (pp. 21-40)
    Romke van der Veen

    A perusal of relevant welfare state and industrial relations literature would lead one to believe that a transformation of the welfare state, in its response to changing social risks, is highly unlikely. The stickiness of existing institutions, the varied interests of so many actors – any number of mechanisms can combine to make it difficult to respond to changing social risks. This chapter looks at what these mechanisms are and what the expectations for the response of the Dutch welfare state should be. That not all of these mechanisms are present or equally dominant in the Dutch case will become...

  6. THREE Sickness and disability reform in the Netherlands
    (pp. 41-74)

    In their original design, welfare states were set up to protect workers of the industrial age by providing risk-pooling social insurances for risks encountered in the social system of production: unemployment, disability and the need for a pension during old age. European welfare states, after recovering from the Great Depression and World War II, expanded these policies as their economies thrived and employment expanded, allowing a generous welfare state response to social risks. But generous welfare state schemes came under increased pressure during the 1970s, as the oil crises, stagflation and rising unemployment weakened their financial viability. Over time, the...

  7. FOUR Collective childcare protection: the new workfare
    (pp. 75-106)

    Issues such as caring and family policy have received increased attention within the welfare state literature during the past decades (Daly and Rake, 2003; Lewis, 2001; Orloff, 1993; Saraceno, 2011). As sociocultural and economic changes have taken place, in particular the spectacular rise in women’s labour market participation, welfare state expenditures in family policy and welfare state approaches to care responsibilities in particular, have become the focus of research. From a welfare regime perspective, variation in childcare policies across countries has been explained in line with the delineation of social rights and protection evident in different regime types or the...

  8. FIVE Employability: lack of clarity, lack of protection
    (pp. 107-138)
    Pascal Derogee and Hans Pruijt

    Welfare state analyses of the last decade have argued that a shift is taking place from the welfare state to a social investment state (Esping-Andersen, 2000), or in Gilbert’s terms, an ‘enabling state’ (2005). In the social investment state, the focus is on human capital investment through improved training and education across the life course. Empirical evidence for this shift is sought in the presence of activation or active labour market policies implemented by welfare states in an attempt to reduce dependence on social protection programmes and to increase labour market participation. A recent article by Hudson and Kühner (2009),...

  9. SIX Transforming the Dutch welfare state
    (pp. 139-156)

    This book has taken an in-depth look at social risk protection within the Dutch corporatist welfare state. The approach of this volume differs from previous studies because it has addressed the question of risk perception, relating risk perception to risk management within one welfare state. Consequently, this study has investigated within-country differences across different types of social risks, explaining changing risk perceptions and welfare state responses to different social risks. It has been assumed, in particular, that ‘new’ social risks are less likely to be treated as collective social risks in the modern welfare state as these same welfare states...

    (pp. 157-164)
  11. List of abbreviations
    (pp. 165-166)
  12. Index
    (pp. 167-172)
  13. Back Matter
    (pp. 173-173)