24 January 2017

Mutual Insurance 1550-2015: From Guild Welfare and Friendly Societies to Contemporary Micro-Insurers

In his new book Mutual Insurance 1550-2015. From Guild Welfare and Friendly Societies to Contemporary Micro-Insurers (2016) prof. dr. Marco van Leeuwen establishes and scrutinizes the track record of mutual insurance from 1550 to the present.

In this publication, Van Leeuwen studies guilds, Friendly Societies, trade unions and contemporary mutual insurers such as the Broodfonds. The book answers questions like: How did micro-insurance work? Why did it work? Under what conditions can it still work today? In answering these questions he considers issues of continuity and discontinuity over the centuries, determinants and preconditions of mutual insurance, past and present, as well as the consequences for those covered and for society at large.