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The responsiveness of social policies in EuropeThe Netherlands in comparative perspective$
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Menno Fenger, Martijn van der Steen, and Lieske van der Torre

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447305767

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447305767.001.0001

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A framework for analysing policy responsiveness

A framework for analysing policy responsiveness

(p.31) Three A framework for analysing policy responsiveness
The responsiveness of social policies in Europe

Menno Fenger

Martijn van der Steen

Lieske van der Torre

Policy Press

This chapter theoretically identifies external and internal challenges for modern welfare states and explains the possible responses to these challenges. It introduces three different logics to which policies might be responsive: the logic of public preferences, the logic of socio-economic conditions and the institutional logic. The chapter discusses pitfalls and dilemmas that are involved with responsive policies. Being over-responsive to the public preferences might result in the populist pitfall, over-responsiveness to the institutional logic might result in the paternalistic pitfall, being over-responsive to the logic of the policy context might result in the technocratic pitfall. This is illustrated in the conceptual tool of the ‘triangle of responsiveness’.

Keywords:   Institutional responsiveness, Institutional change, Triangle of responsiveness, Policy changes

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