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Transforming the Dutch welfare state

Mara A. Yerkes

in Transforming the Dutch welfare state

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429636
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304081 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429636.003.0006
Transforming the Dutch welfare state

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This chapter discusses how, in contrast to other Continental European welfare states, the Dutch welfare state has been successful in responding to changing and emerging social risks, leading to a transformation from a generous but passive welfare state during the 1980s to an active welfare state delineated along the lines of welfare and workfare today. The politics of social-risk protection are now shaped by an underlying discussion of social rights and citizenship in the welfare state. Whether this leads to collective social-risk protection will depend upon the perceived externality of social risks or the perceived relationship with employment.

Keywords: Netherlands; welfare states; social risks; social rights; citizenship

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