postal reform in Germany
Chapter six examines the German reform path, which can best be described as negotiated change. It shows how dense patterns of interest organisation in the coordinated variant have influenced reform choices and outcomes, particularly where social considerations have been integrated into the emerging regulatory framework. The German example does however also illustrate that the implementation of social policy goals proves difficult where the independent regulatory agency mainly perceives its role as an economic regulator. As a result, postal corporatism in Germany has been in decline, yet no corrective regulatory measures have been taken. The postal network has been transformed massively through cutting back the number of in-house branches, while regulatory requirements concerning the frequency and quality of mail service provision have been upheld at constant levels.
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