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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 a long time, masking Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and Switzerland.

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In this case, it seems crucial to look both at the national debates around macroeconomic and social policy paradigms , as well as the lessons that actors draw from previous reforms and their consequences (Hall 1993). We thus pay special attention to the diagnoses that actors develop regarding the main problems to be solved and the optimal policies to be implemented in consequence. 13 As has been extensively developed above, governmental action is also shaped by its institutional environment (the broader political system as well as the prevailing programmatic structure of past policies).

The health care providers who held numerous veto points within the institutional setting of this policy domain were able to ward off more ambitious reform proposals affecting their income or autonomy. Comparatively successful in stabilizing the average contribution rate was the ‘Seehofer reform’ that went into effect in 1993. Different from the largely ineffective 1989 reform, it came about as a negotiated compromise between the Christian-Liberal government and the Social Democrats whose majority of votes in the Bundesrat (since 1991) was crucial for pursuing a comprehensive reform approach.

The equivalence principle (individual equity) is most strictly applied in the pension scheme because the length of covered employment counts as well. Nevertheless, before the implementation of a series of pension reforms beginning in 1992, several provisions were included in the benefit formula which, in order to attain a socially adequate pension, produced additional entitlements for periods with zero or low earnings. The level of earnings-related benefits is meant to ensure status maintenance, although the replacement ratio varies across the schemes.

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