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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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Conclusions: the responsiveness of social policies in three domains

Conclusions: the responsiveness of social policies in three domains

(p.173) Seven Conclusions: the responsiveness of social policies in three domains
The responsiveness of social policies in Europe

Menno Fenger

Martijn van der Steen

Lieske van der Torre

Policy Press

This chapter synthesizes the lessons from three case studies of institutional responsiveness in social policies. It emphasises the dilemmas involved in responsive social policies. It concludes that underestimating the complexity and reflexivity of developments in modern societies is one of the most important pitfalls for policy makers in trying to respond to external and internal challenges. The chapter formulates four lessons for creating responsive social policies that are more resilient. These lessons can contribute to sustainable social policies across Europe, especially with regard to the economic and financial crisis of the 2010s.

Keywords:   Responsiveness of social policies, Resilient social policies, Social assistance policies, Labour migration policies, Sheltered employment policies

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