The Dutch economy is both market-oriented and highly coordinated. This is an interesting paradox. For example, it is often argued that the free market should not be hindered by regulation. But the Dutch labour market shows that regulation and consultation (the ‘polder’) have been beneficial to the Dutch export performance. In this course we will examine in which areas non-market coordination could be observed and how these practices changed during the post-war period. Did coordination withstand the influence of globalisation?
There are two approaches to this question which we will explore: (1) using archival sources, we will attempt to review the degree of non-market coordination in the Dutch economy in the postwar period. This can be done by addressing a range of issues, such as labour relations, the welfare state, corporate governance, intercompany networks, vocational training, or codetermination on the shop floor; (2) using statistics which are widely avaiable, we will outline the differences (and also analogies) between the Netherlands and other OECD economies.
Concepts, notions and perceptions of comparative capitalism and economic institutions
historiographical knowledge of the state of the debate
critical insights into the literature
use varied primary sources to build historical case-studies and re-define theoretical approaches
understand the developments in the post-1945 economy and the policy responses
Mode of instruction
Term paper of about 7500 words.
Peter A. Hall and David Soskice, ‘Introduction to Varieties of Capitalism’ (2001) 1-68 (freely available on the internet)
The rest of the literature will be provided during the semester
E-mail: Dr. L.J. Touwen