The Europeanization of Swedish alcohol policy - the case of ECAS
2008 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, Vol. 18, no 4, 380-392 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Whereas governments had previously designed early exit policies to unburden labour markets, they have come increasingly to regard them as problematic. We investigate the reasons for this policy reversal, focusing on two key actors: governments and trade unions. Our mixed-methods approach entails two major steps: first, we embed approaches to policy reform in a common framework to show the empirical relevance of the two major actors in most OECD countries. We find that both government ideology and union representativeness matter. In a second step, we investigate reform processes in two countries in more detail. Belgium and the Netherlands have much in common as regards government and interest groups but differ in terms of the reversal of early exit policies. We see that both the configuration of electoral and welfare state institutions have shaped the specific strategic environment of the two actors in both countries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 18, no 4, 380-392 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25680DOI: 10.1177/0958928708094895OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-25680DiVA: diva2:200232
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-84112009-01-082009-01-082012-03-26Bibliographically approved