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Euro-Asian Challenges for the knowledge economy

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Euro-Asian Challenges for the knowledge economy

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Often, simplified cultural explanations of a nation‟s economy are common sense and taken for granted. Amidst the debate about the propensity of European countries to compete with other prosperous knowledge economies, some consultants in The Netherlands postulate that the Dutch will never be able to match the requirements of the new economy because of their „polder-model‟, a term used for the Dutch model of gaining consensus in which employers, syndicates and the government meet with each other to make agreements about labour. This postulation was made against the general opinion of some years ago, when this same polder-model was perceived as the main cause of the economic success of the Dutch in the 1990s: “Consensus lies at the heart of the Dutch success where unemployment has been cut to half (2% in 2000) of what it was in 1997. The government, with support of employers and unions, has cut public spending as a share of GDP from 60 to 50%. It is the combination of a quiet and flexible labour market with a solid monetary and fiscal policy and introducing more dynamic markets which is the core of the polder model.”

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OrganisatieHogeschool Inholland
Opleiding
Instituut
LectoraatIntellectual Capital
Gepubliceerd inKnowledge-based economy. INA Magazine (Indonesia Netherlands Association) Jakarta, Vol.XVII(3):12-14, 2006
Datum2006-10-13
TypeArtikel
TaalEngels

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