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The development of the Dutch welfare state : from workers' insurance to universal entitlement /
Robert H. Cox.
Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, c1993.
xv, 257 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0822937603 (alk. paper)
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Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, c1993.
0822937603 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-252) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1994-03:
The emergence of the Dutch welfare state, seen by many as the most generous and expensive in the West, presents a number of intriguing problems for both theory and empirical analysis. It expanded with extreme rapidity (virtually nonincrementally) in the 1960s, was the result not of left social-democratic "tax and spend" parties but more centrist, moderate religious parties, and occurred in a historically corporatist state structure. There is much in the Dutch case that might mark it as a "deviant" case. Cox thinks not and prefers to rework the theory to increase its abstraction and explanatory power, while building on interesting notions that focus on "borrowing" or "learning" by policymakers (a process partially evident in the US health debate now), religious mobilization, and Dutch corporatism. Focusing on the development of income-maintenance programs, he analyzes the development and growth of the Dutch welfare state. A welcome study on several grounds: a solid discussion of an impressive welfare state in a country not normally studied; securely rooted (as one expects from an expanded doctoral dissertation) in the theoretical literature; interesting contributions regarding the transmission of policy ideas. Finally, Cox initiates a discussion on welfare retrenchment. This fine book contains a wealth of ideas and insights about the Netherlands, the welfare state, and policy growth and is a fine example of comparative theory. Advanced undergraduate through faculty. H. Steck; SUNY College at Cortland
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Table of Contents
The Comparative Position of the Dutch Welfare Statep. 3
Reconsidering the Development of the Welfare State: Suggestions from the Dutch Casep. 27
The Evolution of the Dutch Corporatist State: The Role of Religious Forcesp. 58
Reasons for Late Development: False Starts after World War IIp. 96
Reasons for Rapid Growth: Changes in Corporatist Relationshipsp. 133
The Politics of Retrenchmentp. 171
Conclusions: Lessons from the Dutch Casep. 202
Appendix One: Chronology of Social Legislationp. 227
Appendix Two: Major Political Partiesp. 230
Appendix Three: Cabinets, 1945-1989p. 231
Appendix Four: Composition of Parliaments, 1946-1989p. 236
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 253
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