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Regulating the Risk of UnemploymentNational Adaptations to Post-Industrial Labour Markets in Europe$
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Jochen Clasen and Daniel Clegg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592296.001.0001

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Switzerland: a latecomer catching up? 1

Switzerland: a latecomer catching up? 1

(p.121) 7 Switzerland: a latecomer catching up?1
Regulating the Risk of Unemployment

Cyrielle Champion

Oxford University Press

The chapter discusses the logic of reforms undertaken in the Swiss social security system for working-age people since the early 1990s when the country experienced a steep rise in unemployment for the first time in the post-war era. It shows that reforms have predominantly focused on parametric cost containment objectives within each of the three key benefit schemes (unemployment insurance, social assistance, and disability insurance), leaving little room for initiatives towards a more integrative unemployment protection approach. Indeed, the progressive extension of activation has not been followed by a greater benefit homogenization or a closer coordination of services. It is argued that one of the reasons for this particular movement is to be seen in the fragmentation of power and responsibilities induced by federalism.

Keywords:   Switzerland, unemployment, social security system, fragmentation, federalism

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