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Peter Townsend and David Gordon

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343956

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.001.0001

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Welfare state solidarity and support: the Czech Republic compared with the Netherlands

Welfare state solidarity and support: the Czech Republic compared with the Netherlands

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(p.147) SIX Welfare state solidarity and support: the Czech Republic compared with the Netherlands
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World poverty
Author(s):

Tomáš Sirovátka

Wim van Oorschot

Ladislav Rabušic

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.003.0007

This chapter examines the legitimacy and support of social-protection systems in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. It takes a close look at how the different economic and socio-political conditions of transformation in the two countries affect general citizen support. In the 1990s, social-protection-transformation policies in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic followed the same trend, aiming to restrict and control expenditure. The changes favoured selection, and the overall collective protection system guaranteed by the state began to fade away. The current Czech social-protection system suffers from a very low legitimacy among Czech citizens. They expressed their most critical views when asked about benefits and parts of the system that target groups perceived as the most entitled to them, and whose claims were most restricted during the transformation.

Keywords:   social-protection systems, Czech Republic, citizen support, Netherlands, social security

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