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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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Transforming the Dutch welfare state

Transforming the Dutch welfare state

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Transforming the Dutch welfare state

Mara A. Yerkes

Policy Press

This chapter discusses how, in contrast to other Continental European welfare states, the Dutch welfare state has been successful in responding to changing and emerging social risks, leading to a transformation from a generous but passive welfare state during the 1980s to an active welfare state delineated along the lines of welfare and workfare today. The politics of social-risk protection are now shaped by an underlying discussion of social rights and citizenship in the welfare state. Whether this leads to collective social-risk protection will depend upon the perceived externality of social risks or the perceived relationship with employment.

Keywords:   Netherlands, welfare states, social risks, social rights, citizenship

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