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The Europeanization of Workplace Pensions
Economic Interests, Social Protection, and Credible Signaling

  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107041059


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  • Alexandra Hennessy examines an area of Europeanization that has been largely ignored by political analysts: the development of an internal market for workplace pensions. This book offers an analysis of what is at stake in workplace pension reforms, tracing how different states approached them and how national political economy models have shaped actors' bargaining strategy at the EU level. Employing statistical analysis, formal modelling, and in-depth case study research, Hennessy highlights the role of informal signalling and communication processes in designing a common pension market. This book offers a theoretical framework that accounts for historical institutionalism, informal signalling processes and discourse in the Europeanization of workplace pensions – a must-read for students of comparative social and public policy, comparative politics and European politics.

    • Highlights the relevance of informal signaling processes between national and supranational actors
    • Employs a multi-method approach that integrates rigorous theoretical and empirical analysis in explaining bargaining breakdown and success in the area of pension market integration
    • The politics of pension market integration is understudied - this is the first study that examines the evolution of the single pension market in the European Union
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    'In this rich and fascinating book, Alexandra Hennessy provides a novel theorization of both EU pensions regulation and the changing nature of European workplace pensions. [She] carefully traces the ways in which preferences and bargaining strategies for EU coordination over pensions vary across national political economies, but are also crucially shaped by domestic and EU discourse, providing an incisively crafted explanation of the character of EU regulation over the emerging pensions markets. In so doing, she offers an important account of both workplace pension regulation in Europe and a new perspective on EU decision making in the social policy arena.' Jane Gingrich, University of Oxford

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107041059
    • length: 189 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The European dimension of the pension challenge
    2. National pension regimes, supranational harmonization efforts
    3. The sources of pension reforms in Western Europe
    4. Informal signaling and EU-level bargaining
    5. Agenda setting and the single pension market
    6. The German position on EU pension policies
    7. The British position on EU pension policies
    8. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Alexandra Hennessy, Seton Hall University, New Jersey
    Alexandra Hennessy is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Seton Hall University.

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