Book conference: Business Interests and the Development of the Welfare State
- Thursday 20 October 2016 - Friday 21 October 2016
2311 VL Leiden
- Conference Room (2.60)
The purpose of the conference is to provide a new synthesis on the role of business in the development of the modern welfare state. In recent years, this role has developed into a popular research theme among historians and other welfare state scholars. This revival of scholarly interest has been led by a group of scholars who have criticized the traditional assumption of business-hostility to social protection by arguing that social policies not only impose costs and labor market rigidities on business, but also provide direct and tangible benefits so them that were sufficiently important to warrant active business support for their introduction and expansion. In recent years various historically oriented studies have investigated the claims of both this “business interest thesis” and more traditional approaches. This conference aims to build on these studies in order to provide a new synthesis on the role of business in the development of the modern welfare state.
The workshop is open to all who are interested and will take place in the Conference Room of the Huizinga-building / Institute for History. For questions and to register you may contact Dennie Oude Nijhuis.