The Dutch Miracle?

Cees Gorter

in Why Deregulate Labour Markets?

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240524
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599187 | DOI:
 The Dutch Miracle?

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This chapter examines labour market reforms in the Netherlands. Deregulation and flexibilisation measures since 1980 have not influenced the degree of employment protection or wage flexibility. However, these have promoted the extensive use of temporary and flexible work, and increased working hour flexibility. The ‘Dutch’ miracle is attributed to a continuous course of wage moderation based on an ‘organized-decentralized’ wage bargaining system in which social partners reach agreements, whereby wage restraint is exchanged for socio-economic goals such as employment creation and working time reduction.

Keywords: Netherlands; labour market reform; labour policy; flexible work; wages

Chapter.  10880 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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