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Transforming the Dutch welfare stateSocial risks and corporatist reform$
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Mara A. Yerkes

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429636

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429636.001.0001

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(p.1) one Introduction
Transforming the Dutch welfare state

Mara A. Yerkes

, Romke van der Veen
Policy Press

This introductory chapter first sets out the focus of this book: 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, the 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; their consequential management within the corporatist context; and what this says about the collective nature of social risks in the Dutch welfare state. Changing social risks, the development of the welfare state and social-risk differentiation, and developments in industrial relations, are discussed. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   social risks, welfare state, Netherlands, disability, child care, employment, industrial relations

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