Welfare states’ social investment strategies and the emergence of Dutch experiments on a minimum income guarantee

L. Groot, R.J. Muffels, Timo Verlaat

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Abstract

The focus in welfare state support in the Netherlands has been shifted from workfare and activation policies to social investment strategies. The discourse on basic income and the related municipal experiments highlights this shift. We address the inspiration found in basic income and behavioral economic and motivational psychological theoretical insights for the design of the experiments and for new avenues of minimum income protection and providing participation opportunities for the disadvantaged. The emerging new paradigm also implies a shift in the cultural values and principles on which welfare state policies are implicitly founded. This means that in these endeavors particular social
values are put more upfront, such as personal autonomy (capacitating people by providing opportunities and therewith ‘free choice’) and trust (activating people by putting trust in their self-management capacities) which in day-to-day policy practice means more tailor-made, demand-oriented integrated mediation and coaching while rewarding people instead of penalizing them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-287
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Policy & Society
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Welfare states’ social investment strategies and the emergence of Dutch experiments on a minimum income guarantee. / Groot, L.; Muffels, R.J.; Verlaat, Timo.

In: Social Policy & Society , Vol. 18, No. 2, 2019, p. 277-287.

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