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The Reform-Resistant Belgian Welfare State
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The Reform-Resistant Belgian Welfare State

(Kris Deschouwer) THE LOW COUNTRIES - 2016, № 24, PP. 234-241

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Belgium has not become a liberal-type welfare state and neither has it become a social democratic-type welfare state. It remains a continental model that requires broad agreements – with or without the ex-ante approval of the social partners – to introduce adjustments. Those who defend the basic features of the system do however believe that it is gradually being dismantled, while those who are not happy with some of those basic features believe that the in-built resistance to change will be detrimental in the long run. The welfare state is and remains a compromise built on corporatist and consociational mechanisms. It is a compromise with which nobody is really happy. This must be Belgium.


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