State of the Left – September 2013

Long live the welfare state?

Early this week the Dutch King effectively declared an end to the post-war welfare state settlement in the Netherlands. In his speech outlining government policy for the year, he said “the classical welfare state is slowly but surely evolving into a ‘participatory society’.” Care services, youth services, home care and job creation are all to be decentralised with individuals and civil society stepping into the breach.

Policy Network – State of the Left September 2013 – full report here


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