The Responsiveness of Social Policies in Europe

The Netherlands in Comparative Perspective

Menno Fenger, Martijn van der Steen, and Lieske van der Torre

Menno Fenger, Martijn van der Steen, and Lieske van der Torre

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 25 figures, 17 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447305767 Published October 2013 For sale in North and South America only
This comparative study explains how public policies in welfare states have been affected by social and economic factors including secularization, globalization, and changes in the preferences and ideologies of citizens. Illuminating developments across Europe with insights drawn from their case study of the Netherlands, the authors show that policymakers must continually balance the changing and often conflicting interests of multiple institutions and social forces. Their insights make essential reading for academics and students interested in the institutional development of social policies. 

List of figures and tables

About the authors


1  Introduction

2  Responsive policies in contested welfare states?

3  A framework for analysing policy responsiveness

4  The responsiveness of social assistance policies

5  The responsiveness of labour migration policies

6  The responsiveness of sheltered work policies

7  Conclusions: the responsiveness of social policies in three domains



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