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European integration and pension policy change: variable patterns of Europeanization in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium

European integration and pension policy change: variable patterns of Europeanization in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium
European integration and pension policy change: variable patterns of Europeanization in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium
This article investigates how European welfare states respond to reform pressures arising from European integration. We focus on the field of public pensions and examine the impact of two institutional variables that mediate the impact of reform pressures: the extent of public pension provision and the number of national political veto points. We argue that, all else equal, member-states with few veto points and a relatively small public pension sector are the most likely cases of policy change in response to Europeanization, whereas member-states with a high number of veto points and extensive public pension commitments are the least likely candidates for policy change. We test these arguments in four cases of Europeanization in three countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy).
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Anderson, Karen M.
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Kaeding, Michael
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Anderson, Karen M.
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Kaeding, Michael
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Anderson, Karen M. and Kaeding, Michael (2013) European integration and pension policy change: variable patterns of Europeanization in Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium. British Journal of Industrial Relations. (doi:10.1111/bjir.12030).

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This article investigates how European welfare states respond to reform pressures arising from European integration. We focus on the field of public pensions and examine the impact of two institutional variables that mediate the impact of reform pressures: the extent of public pension provision and the number of national political veto points. We argue that, all else equal, member-states with few veto points and a relatively small public pension sector are the most likely cases of policy change in response to Europeanization, whereas member-states with a high number of veto points and extensive public pension commitments are the least likely candidates for policy change. We test these arguments in four cases of Europeanization in three countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Italy).

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Published date: 29 July 2013
Organisations: Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 375312
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/375312
ISSN: 0007-1080
PURE UUID: 7094e8e5-edc5-424b-95b4-22e975757084

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Date deposited: 19 Mar 2015 12:12
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 21:26

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Author: Karen M. Anderson
Author: Michael Kaeding

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