Modern welfare states are confronted with a wide variety of social and economic developments, including individualization, secularization, globalization and changing preferences and ideologies of citizens. Using in-depth analysis gathered over 15 years, this book closely analyzes the consequences of these significant changes for social policies, offering theoretical and practical insights about their responsiveness.
It includes a comparative analysis of recent developments in social assistance, sheltered work and labour market policies in the Netherlands, showing how policy makers are continually trying to incorporate societal transformations into social policies while being obstructed by the path-dependent development of welfare state institutions. The insights from the case studies are related to developments in other European countries in the areas of social assistance, sheltered work and labour market policies, and show how policy makers and politicians deal with multiple challenges, interests and perspectives on social policies. This book is essential reading for academics and students interested in the institutional development of social policies.
Menno Fenger is associate professor in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on processes of policy change and institutional development in social policies.
Martijn van der Steen is associate-dean and deputy-director of the Netherlands School of Public Administration (NSOB). His research topics include public strategy, anticipatory governance and network governance.
Lieske van der Torre is academic teacher in Public Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is writing a Ph.D. about the management of sheltered work companies.
Responsive policies in contested welfare states?;
A framework for analysing policy responsiveness;
The responsiveness of social assistance policies;
The responsiveness of labour migration policies;
The responsiveness of sheltered work policies;
Conclusions: The responsiveness of social policies in three domains.