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

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Anja Eleveld

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Olaf van Vliet

Leiden University - Leiden Law School; Leiden University - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Eleveld, Anja and van Vliet, Olaf, The Dutch Welfare State: Recent Reforms in Social Security and Labour Law (2013). Diritto Pubblico Comparato Ed Europeo, no. 4, pp. 1371 – 1399. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2464194

Anja Eleveld

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Olaf Van Vliet (Contact Author)

Leiden University - Leiden Law School ( email )

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