Montesquieu Institute: from science to society

Lecture 4 - Hard choices and stakeholders in the policy-making consensus in the Netherlands

Corina Hendriks starts to say that the liberal and social-democratic party aim to tackle the crisis in the Netherlands by making hard choices by cooperation. The government wants to do this by looking for what binds these quite different political parties, therefore in cooperation, also with the so-called social partners – employers’ associations and trade unions. She then will explain more about the Dutch “consensus model” in periods of economic crisis and see what lessons can be drawn from the past. The last question will be a question of the present. What are the implications for solving the current crisis, not only in the Netherlands but also in Europe.




‘A co-operation of both government and social partners might get us out of the euro crisis alike the Dutch did several times before.’ stated Corina Hendriks, editor of the political-scientific journal Idee of the Hans van Mierlo Stichting during the fourth lecture of the MI lecture series. ‘Been there, done that,’ Corina Hendriks said. Does the Dutch corporatism also work for combating the euro crisis?


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