This case study is an excellent case in contributing to theoretical and policy debates in neo-corporatism. Firstly, because of his regulative design, including the strong steering roles of the government. Secondly, because of his policy fields: governments, employers and trade unions have not fully synchronized interests and goals regarding youth unemployment and (longer) employment for older workers (55+).
The paper will elaborate on the government’s enabling and hindering factors for collective bargaining to improve the labour market position of younger workers (till 27 years) and older workers (55 years of older). How responsive are social partners to public policies on youth unemployment and active ageing, and vice versa? What can be concluded on the strengths and weaknesses in the performances of neo-corporatism in the Netherlands?