De calculerende kenniswerker? | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 25, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0169-2216
  • E-ISSN: 2468-9424


Knowledge workers: self-interested actors?

Knowledge workers: self-interested actors?

Several commentators argue that the 'modern', multi-skilled knowledge worker is no longer motivated to pay for collective social security arrangements. Politicians as well as researchers suggest that these workers are not at risk and will therefore not benefit from social security programmes. In view of this, it is likely that knowledge workers are – based on reasons of self-interest – less supportive of welfare spending and in favour of a more individual choice. This article analyses qualitative data to investigate this claim. Our findings indicate that the calculative self-interest argument is insufficient in explaining public attitudes of knowledge workers towards social security.


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