9781107405448

Solidarity Without the State?

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  • ISBN13:

    9781107405448

  • ISBN10:

    1107405440

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-19
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

This 2008 book presents the first comprehensive history of the interplay of public and private provision that made the Swiss 'three-pillar' pension system into a model for the World Bank and other pension reformers during the last two decades of the twentieth century. Through a study of business federations', private pension lobbyists' and insurance companies' archives, Matthieu Leimgruber charts the century-long battle waged over the boundaries of state and private pensions. He shows how a distinctive path towards social provision has laid the foundation for a pension fund industry rivalling that of the United States and the United Kingdom. Through this comparative approach Matthieu Leimgruber is also able to question current assumptions about the strict dichotomy between 'Anglo-Saxon' and 'continental' models of welfare provision. This study will appeal to scholars of twentieth-century European history, economic history, political economy and welfare economics.

Table of Contents

The emergence of a pension funds champion. Switzerland in the worlds of welfare
The dress rehearsal of pension politics (1890-1914)
Laying the foundations of a divided pension system (1914-38)
No monster like the Beveridge Plan. The wartime breakthrough of social insurance (1938-48)
The three-pillar doctrine and the containment of social insurance (1948-72)
Epilogue: Aging in the shadow of the three pillars (1972-2006)
Conclusion
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