Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Europeanisation of social protection$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jon Kvist and Juho Saari

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420206

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420206.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of
date: 18 August 2017

The Netherlands: social and economic normalisation in an era of European Union controversy

The Netherlands: social and economic normalisation in an era of European Union controversy

Chapter:
(p.175) Ten The Netherlands: social and economic normalisation in an era of European Union controversy
Source:
The Europeanisation of social protection
Author(s):

Anton Hemerijck

Peter Sleegers

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420206.003.0010

In recent years, the European integration project has become increasingly controversial in the polarised political landscaped of the Netherlands. The legality of engaging in further deepening and broadening of EU integration, in terms of the further enlargement of the EU and a sensitive constitutional discourse on it, has been challenging in Dutch society, which has been formerly and traditionally been supportive of the EU. This chapter discusses the Netherlands' social and economic normalisation during the period of the EU controversy. The Dutch politicians failed to communicate European policies to their public. Therefore, a political controversy on EU socio-economic policy directions occurred in the Netherlands. While the Dutch socio-economic policy of the 1990s fed the European socio-economic discourse, to which the Kok reports and the Lisbon Strategy testify, the European socio-economic policy agenda has reinforced national reforms in the Netherlands. In recent years, three social policy reforms in the Netherlands were intensified by the EU: the reforms of disability pensions, the prevention of long-term unemployment, and the equal treatment of dossier.

Keywords:   European integration, Netherlands, EU integration, Netherlands' social normalisation, Netherlands' economic normalisation, European policies, socio-economic policy, socio-economic discourse, Lisbon Strategy

University Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .