Crisis and welfare state change in the Netherlands

Yerkes, Mara and van der Veen, Romke (2011) Crisis and welfare state change in the Netherlands. Social Policy and Administration, 45 4: 430-444. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9515.2011.00783.x

Author Yerkes, Mara
van der Veen, Romke
Title Crisis and welfare state change in the Netherlands
Journal name Social Policy and Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-5596
Publication date 2011-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2011.00783.x
Volume 45
Issue 4
Start page 430
End page 444
Total pages 15
Editor Bent Greve
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract The current economic crisis is assumed to create new pressures for the welfare state. In this article we investigate to what extent the crisis leads to changes in Dutch welfare state policies and institutions. Usually these changes are operationalized in terms of retrenchment (cost reduction) or restructuring (institutions). We focus, however, on developments in social rights in the hope of gaining better insight into the content and extent of policy change. This perspective combines attention for costs and institutional structure with attention for the content and substance of social rights. We start by analyzing the development of social rights in the Dutch welfare state as a reaction to the economic crisis of the 1970s and 1980s. Consequently, we will analyze current perceptions of social risks and social rights as well as how we think these perceptions will be affected by the pressures brought on by the economic crisis of 2008–09. Using an institutional perspective, we examine the consequences of the current economic crisis for perceptions of social citizenship and entitlement to social risk protection within the welfare state.
Keyword Crisis
Institutional change
Social rights
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Special Issue: The times they are changing? Crisis and the welfare state

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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