Sequences of Active Policy Dismantling? Path Dependency in Pension Reform Processes

Sophie Schmitt

in Dismantling Public Policy

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656646
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746000 | DOI:
Sequences of Active Policy Dismantling? Path Dependency in Pension Reform Processes

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This chapter seeks to shed light on the processes of active policy dismantling by focusing on the field of pension politics in Italy and Switzerland. Political decision makers in both countries have faced constantly rising budgetary pressure in the public pension schemes over the last decades; as a response, governments have made various efforts actively to dismantle the pension schemes, but with divergent success. By analysing the sequences in these two countries over time and holding institutional and environmental variables (i.e. in particular problem pressure) approximately constant, it identifies the determinants of reactive sequences; that is, the necessary causes for reactive changes in policy dismantling over time. In particular, it considers the impact that policy framing, negotiation style, and previous events have on the content and calibration of future policy dismantling decisions.

Keywords: policy dismantling; active dismantling; social policy; pension policy; path dependence; reactive sequences; italian politics; swiss politics

Chapter.  9862 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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