A Dutch Miracle

Job Growth, Welfare Reform and Corporatism in the Netherlands

Jelle Viser and Anton Hemerijck

A Dutch Miracle
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Jelle Viser and Anton Hemerijck

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

205 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1999
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9789053562710 Published June 1999 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
The Dutch polder model- recently dubbed a "success story" by Bill Clinton and Jacques Delors - plays a prominent role in current discussions about possibilities for a new "capitalism with a social face", and appeals to experts all over the world. Just ten years ago the Swedish sociologist Göran Therborn described the Dutch employment policy as a "spectacular failure". The authors single out three policy changes to explain the "miracle" that has taken place since then. The "Dutch miracle" shows that it is difficult but not impossible to overcome the drawbacks of the welfare state and that in this age of globalization and integration, it remains necessary to coordinate policy on a national level as well. In the last section the authors investigate the dynamics of social-economic policy which will have to be developed under increasingly stringent international conditions.

Contents
Preface
 
Chapter One, How to Explain a Miracle?
 
Chapter Two, Miracle or Mirage?  Job Growth and Labour Market Developments
 
Chapter Three, Welfare Reform, Institutional Theory and Social Learning
 
Chapter Four, Policy Learning under Corporatism
 
Chapter Five, Corporatism Regained: External Adjustment, Wage Moderation, and Trade Unions
 
Chapter Six, Corporatism Unrestrained: Reversing the Spiral of Welfare without Work
 
Chapter Seven, Truncated Corporatism: The Crooked Path towards an Active Labour Market Policy
 
Conclusion, Some Lessons from the Dutch Experience
 
Bibliography
 
Index
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