Work and welfare: Towards a post-productivist welfare regime

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    Abstract

    Among the many ways in which welfare regimes differ, one is how they articulate the demands of work and welfare. Such a framework not only renders more coherent the familiar 'three worlds of welfare capitalism' but also highlights another option: a 'post-productivist' welfare regime, which combines generous social benefits and a relaxed attitude towards work requirements, aiming at 'autonomy' as its core value. Analysis of OECD data circa 1993 shows that a work-welfare classification successfully locates most of the countries in their traditional regime types. It also shows the Netherlands as an instance of the new regime type, effectively promoting the three key components of post-productivist autonomy: income adequacy, temporal adequacy and minimimal conditionality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-39
    Number of pages27
    JournalBritish Journal of Political Science
    Volume31
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2001

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