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Private Pensions Versus Social Inclusion?

Non-State Provision for Citizens at Risk in Europe

Traute Meyer , Paul Bridgen , Barbara Riedmüller

Edited by Traute Meyer, Paul Bridgen, University of Southampton, UK and Barbara Riedmüller, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

2007 272 pp Hardback 978 1 84720 353 3
ebook isbn 978 1 84720 880 4

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‘This brilliant book makes both a splendid contribution to the pensions debate and represents an important step forward in comparative research on complex policy issues, through its effective use of simulation techniques. . . this book makes a most important contribution to the debate.’
– Michael Hill, Social Policy and Administration

Contents
Contributors: D. Bannink, M. Benio, F. Bertozzi, G. Bonoli, P. Bridgen, B. de Vroom, T. Meyer, M. Raitano, J. Ratajczak-Tucholka, B. Riedmüller, M. Willert

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Over the last decade pension reform in the West has focused upon the need for more private provision in order to combat the effects of societal ageing. The consequences of these reforms for citizens’ incomes during retirement are currently under-explored – including questions such as how protective public–private pension systems are, particularly for citizens without lifelong, full-time employment biographies.

This rigorous study sheds light on these issues. It assesses the extent to which six European multi-pillar pension regimes are socially inclusive, by micro-simulating retirement income for hypothetical citizens facing typical post-industrial risks. This timely book suggests that non-state provision has significant limitations, yet also identifies the political and institutional conditions under which private pensions are indeed reconcilable with social inclusion.

Private Pensions versus Social Inclusion? will appeal to policymakers, scholars and experts from NGOs and other statistical organisations involved in comparative social policy and pension analysis. Post-graduate students of comparative social policy, gerontology, public economics and economic sociology will also find much to engage them within the book.

Full table of contents

Contents:

PART I: INTRODUCTION
1. Private Pensions versus Social Inclusion? Citizens at Risk and the New Pensions Orthodoxy
Paul Bridgen and Traute Meyer

PART II: CASE STUDIES: THE VETERANS
2. The British Pension System and Social Inclusion
Paul Bridgen and Traute Meyer

3. The Dutch Pension System and Social Inclusion
Duco Bannink and Bert de Vroom

4. The Swiss Pension System and Social Inclusion
Fabio Bertozzi and Giuliano Bonoli

PART III: CASE STUDIES: THE NEWCOMERS
5. The German Pension System and Social Inclusion
Barbara Riedmüller and Michaela Willert

6. The Italian Pension System and Social Inclusion
Michele Raitano

7. The Polish Pension System and Social Inclusion
Marek Benio and Joanna Ratajczak-Tucholka

PART IV: CONCLUSION
8. Private Pensions versus Social Inclusion? Three Patterns of Provision and their Impact
Paul Bridgen and Traute Meyer

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