The Handbook of West European Pension Politics

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Ellen, M. Immergut, Karen, M. Anderson, Isabelle Schulze
OUP Oxford, Jan 4, 2007 - Social Science - 968 pages
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 book 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.

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Ellen M. Immergut is Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin. She did her graduate work at Harvard University, was appointed as Assistant and Ford Career Development Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at theMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Visiting Professor at the Instituto Juan March in Madrid, and Professor of Political Theory at the University of Konstanz. She is author of the book Health Politics (Cambridge University Press, 1992), co-editor of a special issue of Governance on crises ofgovernance in coordinated market economies, as well as various articles on the new institutionalism, institutional design and the politics of constitutional reform. Karen M. Anderson is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Nijmegen University. She received her PhD in political science from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the comparative political economy of the welfare state, particularly the role of unions andsocial democratic parties in welfare state restructuring processes. Her work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Zeitschrift fur Sozialreform, Canadian Journal of Sociology, and the Journal of Public Policy. She is currently completing a book about the restructuring of the Swedishwelfare state during the 1990s. Isabelle Schulze is a researcher at the Mannheimer Zentrum fur Europaische Sozialforschung (MZES) at the University of Mannheim for the project "Governance of Supplementary Pensions in Europe: The Varying Scope for Participatory and Social Rights. She is writing a dissertation at HumboldtUniversity Berlin on the role of electoral threat in pension politics, and received her MA at the University of Konstanz on agricultural politics in Britain and Germany. She was awarded a dissertation fellowship from the Forschungsnetzwerk Alterssicherung of the Federation of German PensionInsurance Institutes (Verband Deutscher RentenSHversicherungsSHtrager; now Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund).

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