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The Dutch economy has often been heralded for accomplishing solid employment growth within a generous welfare system. In recent years, the Netherlands has seen a rise in low-wage work and has maintained one of the lowest unemployment rates in the European Union. Low-Wage Work in the Netherlands narrows in on the causes and consequences of this new development. The authors find that the increase in low-wage work can be partly attributed to a steep rise in the number of part-time jobs and non-standard work contracts—46 percent of Dutch workers hold part-time jobs. The decline in full-time work has challenged historically powerful Dutch unions and has led to a slow but steady dismantling of many social insurance programs from 1979 onward. At the same time, there are hopeful lessons to be gleaned from the Dutch model: low-wage workers benefit from a well-developed system of income transfers, and many move on to higher paying jobs. Low-Wage Work in the Netherlands paints a nuanced picture of the Dutch economy by analyzing institutions that both support and challenge its low-wage workforce.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. About the Authors
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: The Dutch Story
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. Chapter 1: The Debate in the Netherlands on Low Pay
  2. pp. 16-31
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  1. Chapter 2: Low-Wage Work and the Economy
  2. pp. 32-62
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  1. Chapter 3: Labor Market Institutions, Low-Wage Work, and Job Quality
  2. pp. 63-131
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  1. Chapter 4: The Position, Design, and Methodology of the Industry Studies
  2. pp. 132-147
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  1. Chapter 5: The Retail Industry: The Contrast of Supermarkets and Consumer Electronics
  2. pp. 148-176
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  1. Chapter 6: Hotels: Industry Restructuring and Room Attendants’ Jobs
  2. pp. 177-205
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  1. Chapter 7: Health Care: Integrated Quality Care Sheltered from Cost Control?
  2. pp. 206-236
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  1. Chapter 8: Call Center Employment: Diverging Jobs and Wages
  2. pp. 237-266
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  1. Chapter 9: The Food Industry: Meat Processing and Confectionary
  2. pp. 267-296
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  1. Chapter 10: Labor Market Institutions and Firm Strategies that Matter for the Low-Paid
  2. pp. 297-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-334
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781610444842
Print ISBN
9780871547705
MARC Record
OCLC
835515617
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2012-08-22
Language
English
Open Access
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