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The social face of the Regulatory StateReforming public services in Europe$
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Sandra Eckert

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090318

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090318.001.0001

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Negotiating change

Negotiating change

postal reform in Germany

(p.90) 6 Negotiating change
The social face of the Regulatory State

Sandra Eckert

Manchester University Press

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.

Keywords:   coordinated market economy (CME), corporatism, public service, postal service, regulatory reform, social regulation

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