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Pension reform in the European periphery: the role of EU reform advocacy

Pension reform in the European periphery: the role of EU reform advocacy
Pension reform in the European periphery: the role of EU reform advocacy
This paper analyzes the impact of international reform advocacy on national pension reforms. We analyze European Union (EU) reform advocacy in two EU member states: Greece and Hungary. Although the EU has articulated a fairly coherent template for sustainable pensions, its use of soft coordination to influence national reforms has repeatedly collided with resistance to reform in the member states. As a result, EU soft law initiatives have had limited impact on pension reforms. In contrast, the sovereign debt crisis that began in 2009 provided a new push for EU reform advocacy because it gave the “troika” (the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) substantial influence on pension reform in two countries affected by the debt crisis: Greece and Hungary. Analysis of the two countries' pension reform trajectories allows us first to determine to what extent Greek and Hungarian pension reforms conform to the EU's reform template and, second, how the troika conditionality has a causal impact on the content of reforms in both countries.
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320-331
Stepan, Matthias
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Anderson, Karen M.
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Stepan, Matthias
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Stepan, Matthias and Anderson, Karen M. (2014) Pension reform in the European periphery: the role of EU reform advocacy. Public Administration and Development, 34 (4), 320-331. (doi:10.1002/pad.1690).

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This paper analyzes the impact of international reform advocacy on national pension reforms. We analyze European Union (EU) reform advocacy in two EU member states: Greece and Hungary. Although the EU has articulated a fairly coherent template for sustainable pensions, its use of soft coordination to influence national reforms has repeatedly collided with resistance to reform in the member states. As a result, EU soft law initiatives have had limited impact on pension reforms. In contrast, the sovereign debt crisis that began in 2009 provided a new push for EU reform advocacy because it gave the “troika” (the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) substantial influence on pension reform in two countries affected by the debt crisis: Greece and Hungary. Analysis of the two countries' pension reform trajectories allows us first to determine to what extent Greek and Hungarian pension reforms conform to the EU's reform template and, second, how the troika conditionality has a causal impact on the content of reforms in both countries.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 May 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 October 2014
Organisations: Social Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 375248
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/375248
ISSN: 0271-2075
PURE UUID: 95419021-2459-4d78-b9e5-c9b210801724

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Date deposited: 17 Mar 2015 16:40
Last modified: 09 Nov 2021 02:30

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Author: Matthias Stepan
Author: Karen M. Anderson

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