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Policy analysis in the Netherlands$
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Frans van Nispen and Peter Scholten

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313335

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313335.001.0001

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Policy analysis and political party think tanks

Policy analysis and political party think tanks

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Policy analysis in the Netherlands

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Edwin van Rooyen

Gerrit Voerman

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Industrial relations in the Netherlands are characterized by the rather harmonious collaboration of employers’ organizations, trade unions and the government. Various institutions have evolved that serve as a vehicle for social dialogue including the Social Economic Council, the Labour Foundation and – until recently – the Council for Work and Income. One of the specific characteristics of the Dutch ‘poldermodel’ is that these institutions not only play an important role in the traditional issues of industrial relations like negotiations on wages and labour conditions, but also in much wider issues including global competition, housing policies and social policies. In doing so, these institutions go beyond their traditional role of producing consensus on themes related to industrial relations, they become producers of negotiated policy analysis. Finally attention is paid to the most recent trends in the Dutch poldermodel, particularly the fact the influence of negotiated knowledge has lost some of its power. Is this temporary, or should we expect institutions that are built on unions and employer organizations to erode – just as these organizations do?

Keywords:   Dutch poldermodel, employers organizations, trade unions, social dialogue

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