The Dutch Welfare State: Recent Reforms in Social Security and Labour Law
Diritto Pubblico Comparato Ed Europeo, no. 4, pp. 1371 – 1399
42 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2014
Date Written: 2013
The goal of this paper is to assess how recent reforms in social security and labour law have affected individual right claims in the Netherlands. We describe reforms of several welfare state programs such as unemployment, disability and social assistance benefit schemes. The Dutch welfare state is still a relatively extensive one, spending 45 percent of its budget on social policies. Above all, social policies are increasingly aimed at activation. Notwithstanding the positive effects of activation measures on the reintegration of disabled employees and social assistance recipients, we express some concerns regarding the safeguarding of rights to an adequate income.
Keywords: social security law, welfare state, unemployment benefits, income inequality, labour market policy, pensions
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