By Bruno Palier
An extended so long to Bismarck? is the 1st learn to supply an exhaustive comparative account of all welfare reforms in continental Europe prior to now 3 many years, protecting Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland.
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C) Social outcomes: Who wins, who loses? What are the social consequences of the reforms? d) Policy and political feedback effects: Does the reform lead to new opportunities? To new problems? Does it change the political strength and weakness of actors? What do the actors learn from it? 1). 1 – The main dimensions of welfare reform trajectories The Problems Context Diagnosis The reforms Content of the policy Types of change The Politics of the reforms Who are the actors? What are their relationships?
Offering higher wages was often not sufficient to retain the best workers, and so proposing social protection to skilled workers to ensure their attachment to the company became a tool of workforce management (Mares 2003). For sure, it was not just German, French or Belgian employers who pursued their economic interest in promoting and financing social insurance schemes for their employees. Swenson (2002) has shown that American or Swedish employers also supported social protection for their workers , for similar reasons.
The Industrial Origins of ‘Bismarckian’ Welfare Systems Using the notion of ‘welfare state’ to designate the social protection systems of Continental Europe is misleading, since the state did not create the social insurances, nor did it (and still does not) totally finance or implement them. The state’s initial role was mainly to make social insurance compulsory. But social insurance bodies were created before the state intervened, at the firm or on an industry level, either by workers themselves or by their employers.
A Long Goodbye to Bismarck?: The Politics of Welfare Reform in Continental Europe (Amsterdam University Press - Changing Welfare States Series) by Bruno Palier