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Recyclable Reform: Explaining Sweden's Pension Reform through Garbage Can Theory

Andersson, Fredrik (2005)
Department of Economic History
Abstract
Public Choice Theory is the most common theory used to explain public policy formation and change today. Sweden’s pension reform of the 1990’s is not easily explained by Public Choice Theory, however, and there may exist an opportunity for a different approach to more clearly explain what occurred. This essay explores the viability of Garbage Can Theory in explaining the process of pension reform in Sweden. The use of Garbage Can Theory is by no means an attempt to disprove Public Choice Theory, but is rather intended as a useful tool in explaining public policy changes that appear to be in opposition to the desires of the median voter. Pension reform in Sweden is the empirical testing ground for Garbage Can Theory. Some aspects of... (More)
Public Choice Theory is the most common theory used to explain public policy formation and change today. Sweden’s pension reform of the 1990’s is not easily explained by Public Choice Theory, however, and there may exist an opportunity for a different approach to more clearly explain what occurred. This essay explores the viability of Garbage Can Theory in explaining the process of pension reform in Sweden. The use of Garbage Can Theory is by no means an attempt to disprove Public Choice Theory, but is rather intended as a useful tool in explaining public policy changes that appear to be in opposition to the desires of the median voter. Pension reform in Sweden is the empirical testing ground for Garbage Can Theory. Some aspects of Sweden’s partially funded pension system are discussed as well. (Less)
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author
Andersson, Fredrik
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type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
Garbage Can Theory, Public Choice Theory, public policy, reform, policy entrepreneur, defined contribution, pay-as-you-go, privately funded, pension reform, Social and economic history, Ekonomisk och social historia
language
English
id
1337865
date added to LUP
2005-05-04 00:00:00
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2010-08-03 10:51:44
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  abstract     = {Public Choice Theory is the most common theory used to explain public policy formation and change today. Sweden’s pension reform of the 1990’s is not easily explained by Public Choice Theory, however, and there may exist an opportunity for a different approach to more clearly explain what occurred. This essay explores the viability of Garbage Can Theory in explaining the process of pension reform in Sweden. The use of Garbage Can Theory is by no means an attempt to disprove Public Choice Theory, but is rather intended as a useful tool in explaining public policy changes that appear to be in opposition to the desires of the median voter. Pension reform in Sweden is the empirical testing ground for Garbage Can Theory. Some aspects of Sweden’s partially funded pension system are discussed as well.},
  author       = {Andersson, Fredrik},
  keyword      = {Garbage Can Theory,Public Choice Theory,public policy,reform,policy entrepreneur,defined contribution,pay-as-you-go,privately funded,pension reform,Social and economic history,Ekonomisk och social historia},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Recyclable Reform: Explaining Sweden's Pension Reform through Garbage Can Theory},
  year         = {2005},
}