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The New Regulatory State
Regulating Pensions in Germany and the UK
Edited by Lutz Leisering
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
03 Oct 2011
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The contributors to this volume take stock of the move towards private pensions in the UK and Germany since the 1980s, emphasizing the role of governments in creating and regulating private pensions. They argue that whilst the provider state has been retrenched, private pensions have given rise to a new regulatory state which follows on from the earlier regulatory state in public utilities. The contributing authors compare pension regulation and utility regulation, while others analyze the regulatory role of the EU. The burgeoning literature on regulation has paid little attention to the regulation of social security, while, conversely, social policy researchers have dealt with regulatory issues only in passing. This volume opens a dialogue between both groups of researchers. Private pension policy, which has tended to be a separate domain analyzed by economists and lawyers, is being drawn into the arena of wider welfare policies: the regulatory state meets the welfare state.


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The contributors to this volume take stock of the move towards private pensions in the UK and Germany since the 1980s, emphasizing the role of governments in creating and regulating private pensions. They argue that whilst the provider state has been retrenched, private pensions have given rise to a new regulatory state which follows on from the earlier regulatory state in public utilities. The contributing authors compare pension regulation and utility regulation, while others analyze the regulatory role of the EU. The burgeoning literature on regulation has paid little attention to the regulation of social security, while, conversely, social policy researchers have dealt with regulatory issues only in passing. This volume opens a dialogue between both groups of researchers. Private pension policy, which has tended to be a separate domain analyzed by economists and lawyers, is being drawn into the arena of wider welfare policies: the regulatory state meets the welfare state.


Reviews

'In this pioneering book, Lutz Leisering brings together research on regulation with research on old age security. Its comparative perspective is very helpful in terms of identifying policy alternatives and their implications. Here the focus on Germany and the UK, representing different worlds of public and private pensions, provides particularly interesting contrasts to learn from.'
- Joakim Palme, Director of the Institute for Future Studies and Professor of Political Science at the Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden


'What is the new regulatory state? The authors of this book identify this new type of state by way of comparison: comparing pensions politics to public utilities, comparing the regulatory welfare state to the provider state, and comparing the UK to Germany. A masterful blend of empirical inquiry and conceptual studies.'
— Franz-Xaver Kaufmann, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy, Bielefeld University, Germany


Contents

Introduction: Towards a New Regulatory State in Old-Age Security? Exploring the Issues; L.Leisering & D.Mabbett
PART I: THEORIES OF SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC REGULATION
The Transformations of the Regulatory State; G.Majone
De-regulation and Re-regulaton of Public Utilities: The New Regulatory State in the European System of Multi-Level Governance; E.Grande
Limits to the Regulated Market: the UK Experiment; P.Taylor-Gooby
PART II: PENSION PRIVATIZATION AND REGULATION IN BRITAIN AND GERMANY
Back to the State? The Public Policies of Private and Public Pensions in Britain; C.Marschallek
New Private Pensions in Germany: A Pension Market or a Branch of the Welfare State? Contested Regulatory Issues; F.Berner
PART III: THE ROLE OF THE EU
'Social Europe' in Old-age Security? EU Policies of Public and Private Pensions; U.Davy
Policies of the EU towards Occupational Pensions: Limits to Regulation; M.Haverland
PART IV: COMPARATIVE AND CONCEPTUAL PERSPECTIVES
The Regulatory Politics of Private Pensions in the UK and Germany; D.Mabbett 
The Regulatory Policies of Private Pensions in the UK and Germany: Goals and Instruments of Regulation in a Welfare State Environment; L.Leisering
PART V: CONCLUSION: IDENTIFYING THE NEW REGULATORY STATE
Varieties of Market Regulation: Comparing the New Pension Regulation to the Regulation of Public Utilities; L.Leisering
Transformations of the State: Comparing the New Regulatory State to the Post-war Provider State; L.Leisering
Varieties of the New Regulatory State: Comparing the UK and Germany; L.Leisering
Afterword: Rethinking the Nation State; L.Leisering
 
 
 










 


Authors

LUTZ LEISERING is Professor of Social Policy at the Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany, and Director at the Institute for World Society Studies. He has published widely on the sociology of the welfare state, comparative social policy, old-age security, poverty and social assistance and global social policy. He has advised on national and international policy.