The Handbook of West European Pension Politics provides scholars, policy-makers and students with the definitive overview of the political and policy issues involved in pension policy, and well as case studies of contemporary pension politics in 16 countries.
The Handbook of West European Pension Politics provides scholars, policy-makers and students with a complete overview of the political and policy issues involved in pension policy, and well as case studies of contemporary pension politics (1980 to present) in 16 countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. The handbook is suitable as a text for courses in comparative politics, European Studies, social policy, comparative public policy and public administration. Each chapter is written by an expert on pension politics and is presented in a standardized format with standardized tables and figures that describe: political institutions; government coalitions, parliamentary and electoral majorities; the party system; the pension system; proposed and enacted pension reforms.
1. Editors Introduction: the Dynamics of Pension Politics; PART I. SINGLE VETO PLAYER GOVERNMENTS; NO VETO POINTS; 2. United Kingdom: pension politics in an adversarial system; 3. Greece: political competition in a majoritarian system; 4. 4. France: the importance of the electoral cycle; PART II. MULTIPLE VETO POINTS; 5. Switzerland: the impact of direct democracy on a multipillar system; 6. Finland: labor markets against politics; 7. Belgium: linguistic veto players and pension reform; PART III. MANY PARTISAN VETO PLAYERS; 8. Sweden: after social democratic hegemony; 9. Italy: a narrow gate for path-shift; 10. Denmark: a 'World Bank' pension system; PART IV. MODERATE VETO POINTS AND VETO PLAYERS; 11. Spain: between majority rule and incrementalism; 12. Austria: From electoral cartels to competitive coalition-building; 13. Portugal: in search of a stable framework; 14. Germany: beyond policy gridlock; PART V. CLOSED VETO POINTS, MODERATE VETO PLAYERS, UNUSUAL ELECTORAL SYSTEMS; 15. The Netherlands: political competition in proportional system; 16. Ireland: pensioning the Celtic tiger; 17. Luxembourg: an electoral system with panache; 18. Appendix: pension systems in western europe