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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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The responsiveness of social assistance policies

The responsiveness of social assistance policies

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The responsiveness of social policies in Europe

Menno Fenger

Martijn van der Steen

Lieske van der Torre

Policy Press

This chapter analyses and explains the dynamics of social assistance policies in the Netherlands and reflects on the evolution of Dutch social assistance policies from a European comparative perspective. It starts with a general overview of trends in social assistance policies throughout Europe and identifies key issues regarding the responsiveness of social assistance policies. It then analyses the Dutch case in detail. It offers a comprehensive overview of the development of the policies, the public preferences, socio-economic and societal dynamics and their interplay. Finally the chapter compares the responsiveness of the Dutch case with developments in other European countries and tries to explain the differences and similarities.

Keywords:   Social assistance policies, Comparative analysis social assistance, Institutional dynamics social assistance, Policy change social assistance

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