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"The Role of Agenda Control in the Creation of a Single Market for Pension Funds"

Hennessy, Alexandra. (2007) "The Role of Agenda Control in the Creation of a Single Market for Pension Funds". In: UNSPECIFIED, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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    Given the ideological and institutional differences between Bismarckian and Beveridgean pension systems, European efforts to develop a common pension market have proved a formidable problem for the European Commission. Why did pension market integration fail in the early 1990s but made a successful return onto the EU Commission's agenda more than a decade later? This paper argues that the creation of a pension fund directive in 2003, a crucial step along the way towards a single pension market, is not the result of neoliberal ascendency, but the product of structural change and effective agenda-setting by the European Commission. The shift from an industrial to a service economy, as well as a range of pension reforms in Bismarckian nations, provided a window of opportunity for the Commission to invite member states to negotiate a single pension market. Secondly, learning from past negotiation failure induced EU administrators to use their agenda-setting tools more effectively, including limiting the range of policy issues under consideration, reducing uncertainty about member states' true reform types, and building coalitions with key member states.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > welfare state
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Commission
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2007 (10th), May 17-19, 2007
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 10 May 2008
    Page Range: p. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:50

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