Corporatism and the mediation of social risks

Yerkes, Mara and Tijdens, Kea (2012). Corporatism and the mediation of social risks. In Romke van der Veen, Mara Yerkes and Peter Achterberg (Ed.), The transformation of solidarity: changing risks and the future of the welfare state (pp. 115-138) Amsterdam, Netherlands: Amsterdam University Press.

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Author Yerkes, Mara
Tijdens, Kea
Title of chapter Corporatism and the mediation of social risks
Title of book The transformation of solidarity: changing risks and the future of the welfare state
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Series Changing Welfare States
ISBN 9789089643841
Editor Romke van der Veen
Mara Yerkes
Peter Achterberg
Chapter number 6
Start page 115
End page 138
Total pages 24
Total chapters 9
Collection year 2013
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The level of protection against social risks that is organised in a welfare state is not only dependent upon the arrangements of the welfare state itself, but also, as we have seen in the previous chapter, on arrangements organised in firms or in collective bargaining. The previous chapter investigated the introduction of the idea of employability as a strategy to enhance job security and concluded that the collective bargaining process facilitated the introduction and relative success of this strategy in collective labour agreements and in the labour policies of firms. This was explained by the institutional complementarity that exists in the Dutch corporatist welfare state between the norm of job security and the normative ideals of the strategy of enhancing employability.
In this chapter, we focus on the corporatist institution of collective bargaining that is so important to Dutch labour policy and investigate the role this institution plays in risk  management and the contribution it makes to the protection against old and new  social risks. In this chapter, we investigate the interaction between risk protection by  the welfare state and provisions in collective labour agreements. If one diminishes,  how does the other react? We investigate this interaction in relation to welfare state retrenchment (is this compensated for in collective labour agreements?), in relation to  old and new social risks (to what extent do collective labour agreements and the  traditional institution of social security protect against new social risks?) and in  relation to the decentralisation of collective labour agreements (does decentralisation  lead to a decrease in risk-protection?). We learn that, as was the case in the previous  chapter, the ‘old’ institutions of the (corporatist) welfare state play a decisive role in the  birth of a ‘new welfare settlement’.
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