Chapter

Welfare state solidarity and support: the Czech Republic compared with the Netherlands

Tomáš Sirovátka, Wim van Oorschot and Ladislav Rabušic

in World poverty

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9781861343956
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304340 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343956.003.0007
Welfare state solidarity and support: the Czech Republic compared with the Netherlands

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter examines the legitimacy and support of social-protection systems in the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. It takes a close look at how the different economic and socio-political conditions of transformation in the two countries affect general citizen support. In the 1990s, social-protection-transformation policies in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic followed the same trend, aiming to restrict and control expenditure. The changes favoured selection, and the overall collective protection system guaranteed by the state began to fade away. The current Czech social-protection system suffers from a very low legitimacy among Czech citizens. They expressed their most critical views when asked about benefits and parts of the system that target groups perceived as the most entitled to them, and whose claims were most restricted during the transformation.

Keywords: social-protection systems; Czech Republic; citizen support; Netherlands; social security

Chapter.  8799 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.