|Author (Person)||Ebbinghaus, Bernhard|
|Series Title||European Journal of Industrial Relations|
|Series Details||Volume 17, Number 4, Pages 315-322|
|Publication Date||December 2011|
|Content Type||Journal Article|
Trade unions played a substantial role in the ‘old politics’ of expanding pension systems in Europe; they are still active in the ‘new politics’ of pension reforms. Given the electoral impact and political veto points, governments may seek to overcome reform blockage in political decision-making and implementation by seeking social consensus with trade unions and employers.
Various modes of social governance in addition to political interest politics allow trade union influence: institutionalized forms of self-administration of pension insurance, self-regulation via negotiated occupational pensions, institutional consultation of interest groups and tripartite concertation (or social pacts) between government and the social partners.
|Subject Categories||Employment and Social Affairs, Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe|