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The New Intersection on the Road to Retirement: Public Pensions, Economics, Perceptions, Politics, and Interest Groups

Beth Almeida, Kelly Kenneally, and David Madland

in The Future of Public Employee Retirement Systems

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199573349
eISBN:
9780191721946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573349.003.0016
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management, Pensions and Pension Management

State and local pensions have been a cost-effective way to ensure that those retiring from public service will have adequate retirement income after a lifetime of work. Despite their strengths, ... More


The Future of Public Employee Retirement Systems

Gary Anderson

Olivia S. Mitchell (ed.)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199573349
eISBN:
9780191721946
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573349.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management, Pensions and Pension Management

People covered by public pensions are often the subject of ‘pension envy’, that is, their benefits might seem more generous and their contributions lower than those offered by the private sector. Yet ... More


Spain: Still the Primacy of Corporatism?

Ignacio Molinaxs Álvarez De Cienfuegos

in Bureaucratic Elites in Western European States: A Comparative Analysis of Top Officials

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198294467
eISBN:
9780191600067
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198294468.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

Starts with an account of the Spanish administration over the last two decades (to 1997); includes a definition of the Spanish civil service bureaucratic élite as composed at the top level (which ... More


Benefit Cost Comparisons Between State and Local Governments and Private Industry Employers

Ken McDonnell

in The Future of Public Employee Retirement Systems

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199573349
eISBN:
9780191721946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573349.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management, Pensions and Pension Management

It is often argued that compensation patterns for public sector employees are higher than in the private sector. This chapter examines some of the reasons for the observed differences in total ... More


Pension Fund Activism: The Double‐Edged Sword

Brad M. Barber

in The Future of Public Employee Retirement Systems

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199573349
eISBN:
9780191721946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573349.003.0015
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management, Pensions and Pension Management

Many public pension funds engage in activism by using their pooled ownership of stock to affect changes in the corporations they own. The merits of activism depend on (1) the conflicts of interest ... More


Public Interest vs. Public Employees

Tula A. Connell

in Conservative Counterrevolution: Challenging Liberalism in 1950s Milwaukee

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039904
eISBN:
9780252098062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039904.003.0008
Subject:
History, Political History

This chapter highlights the city's contentious debate over the right of public employees to bargain, strike, and otherwise enjoy the same economic and workplace rights as unionized private-sector ... More


Wisconsin and Beyond: Dismantling the Government

Gordon Lafer

in The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501703065
eISBN:
9781501708183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines the legislative attacks on the public sector aimed at eliminating employee union rights and slashing public services. Corporate lobbies and their legislative allies saw the 2010 ... More


Bureaucratic Efficiency and Bloat

HAROLD L. WILENSKY

in Rich Democracies: Political Economy, Public Policy, and Performance

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520231764
eISBN:
9780520928336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231764.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Comparative and Historical Sociology

This chapter examines the relationship between bureaucratic efficiency and bloat and the expansion of the welfare state. It proposes two crude measures of efficiency and of bureaucratic bloat to test ... More


What Is the Future of the Defined Contribution Paradigm?

Edward A. Zelinsky

in The Origins of the Ownership Society: How the Defined Contribution Paradigm Changed America

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195339352
eISBN:
9780199855407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339352.003.0006
Subject:
Law, Employment Law

In the private sector, the expansion of the individual account paradigm will continue in the years ahead without significant controversy or impediment. In contrast, there will be increasing ... More


“A New era of Labor Relations”: Teachers and the Public-Sector Labor Problem

Jon Shelton

in Teacher Strike!: Public Education and the Making of a New American Political Order

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040870
eISBN:
9780252099373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040870.003.0002
Subject:
Education, Educational Policy and Politics

This chapter outlines the parameters of the “public sector labor problem.” When private sector unions grew powerful after World War II, public employees organized for similar rights. In many states ... More


Administrative structures in Germany

Arthur B. Gunlicks

in The Länder and German federalism

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719065323
eISBN:
9781781700464
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719065323.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, European Union

To some extent the Allies tried after World War II to break older administrative traditions in Germany, but the Americans and French looked for guidance at the pre-Nazi administrative structures in ... More


Political Understanding of Economic Crises: The Shape of Resentment Toward Public Employees

Katherine J. Cramer

in Mass Politics in Tough Times: Opinions, Votes and Protest in the Great Recession

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199357505
eISBN:
9780199357536
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199357505.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

How do people make sense of economic crises? This chapter uses ethnography with groups of people who meet of their own accord in settings in which they regularly gather to investigate. It focuses on ... More


Silencing Labor’s Voice: The Campaign to Remove Unions from Politics

Gordon Lafer

in The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501703065
eISBN:
9781501708183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter examines antiunionism in the context of the broader corporate agenda, asking why corporate lobbies seek to erase public employee unions as a political force. It begins with a discussion ... More


My House, My Rules: Strengthening Government Managers’ Control over Institutional Speech

Gregory P. Magarian

in Managed Speech: The Roberts Court's First Amendment

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190466794
eISBN:
9780190466824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190466794.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter begins the second part of the book, which examines the government’s heightened power to regulate speech in “government preserves.” This chapter considers the Roberts Court’s treatment of ... More


Bashing Public Employees and Their Unions

Nelson Lichtenstein

in A Contest of Ideas: Capital, Politics, and Labor

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037856
eISBN:
9780252095122
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037856.003.0015
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter considers the idea of governmental “sovereignty,” as used by the right, to undermine the rationale for collective bargaining in the public sector. From the Boston Police Strike of 1919 ... More


Public-sector Contracting for Investment Services

Gordon L. Clark, Ashby H. B. Monk, Gordon L. Clark, and Ashby H. B. Monk

in Institutional Investors in Global Markets

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198793212
eISBN:
9780191835131
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198793212.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Finance, Accounting, and Banking

In Chapter 7, the focus shifts to public agents and the process of contracting financial services and local pension funds in the US states. The costs of governing and managing this sector are ... More


Wandering through the Wisconsin Uprising

Stephen Meyer

in Civic Labors: Scholar Activism and Working-Class Studies

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040498
eISBN:
9780252098932
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

In this chapter, the author offers his personal account of the 2011 Wisconsin uprising that was sparked by Governor Scott Walker's issuing of Act 10, a “budget repair bill” that would effectively end ... More


Keeping Money out of Elections: Government Leveling and Labor Speech

Gregory P. Magarian

in Managed Speech: The Roberts Court's First Amendment

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780190466794
eISBN:
9780190466824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190466794.003.0008
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter covers another group of Roberts Court campaign finance decisions that, contrary to this Court’s signature decision in Citizens United, restrict the flow of money into politics. These ... More


Populist Pushback and the Shrinking of Democracy

Gordon Lafer

in The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501703065
eISBN:
9781501708183
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501703065.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This concluding chapter examines the political dynamics that pit growing populist sentiment against increasing corporate dominance, particularly at the state level. It explains what the corporate ... More


Miscellaneous

Danny M. Adkison and Lisa McNair Palmer

in The Oklahoma State Constitution

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780197514818
eISBN:
9780197514849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197514818.003.0031
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter explores Article XXIII of the Oklahoma constitution. Section 1 promotes industrial welfare of the people by fixing a high standard for employees on public work. It states that “eight ... More


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