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With its welfare state and labour market restructuring, the Netherlands is at the forefront of labour market ‘activation’ and ‘flexibilisation’. At the same time, there is an increasing number of 'working poor' in the Netherlands. Social assistance recipients are obliged to find paid work as quickly as possible in a labour market where more and more people difficult for people to provide for themselves. This combination of characteristics makes the Netherlands an interesting case for studying how social assistance recipients are 'activated' for the labour market.

Event details of Contemporary social assistance policy in the Netherlands
Date 14 February 2020
Time 10:00 -11:00
Location Agnietenkapel

Because local governments in the Netherlands are relatively autonomous in devising and implementing social assistance policies, Josien Arts selected three different local social assistance offices. The aim of her study is not to compare local municipalities with each other and analyse differences, but to get as broad a picture as possible of the different ways in which Dutch assistance policy works out in daily practice.

J. Arts: Looking Presentable, Feeling Optimistic, Performing Potentiality. How Recipients of Social Assistance in the Netherlands Are ‘Activated’ for the Post-Fordist Labour Market. Supervisor: Prof. W.G.J. Duyvendak. Co-supervisor: Dr. M.A. van den Berg


This event is open to the public.


Oudezijds Voorburgwal 229 - 231
1012 EZ Amsterdam