High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands


High Road to Culture in Flanders and the Netherlands

Belgian Welfare Reform
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Belgian Welfare Reform

(Frank Vandenbroucke ) The Low Countries - 1998, № 6, pp. 30-34

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Belgian welfare policy is responding to a variety of problems and pursuing several objectives: The author distinguishes four agendas for welfare policy. Two agendas are already old; one is new. Alas, none can be abandoned for the others. But, above all, a creative consensus between employers and trade unions has been badly lacking in Belgium over the last 15 years. Such a consensus would contribute greatly to what the author considers to be a major challenge, but also a real possibility: adding to the social achievements of the continental welfare state, by creating real equality of life-chances for all women and men, enabling each to reconcile work and family life.

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