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Palgrave Macmillan

Securing Pension Provision

The Challenge of Reforming the Age of Entitlement

ISBN 9781137453969
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Pivot

With population ageing, policymakers globally have been confronted with the challenge of designing sustainable pension systems capable of meeting increased demand whilst providing pensioners with an adequate income. One of the most widely advocated measures to relieve the increased pressure on the public purse is raising the age at which individuals are able to claim a state pension. This sensitive and highly politicised policy often meets with resistance. How have some countries been able to increase the age of entitlement for state pensions while others have failed?

This study analyses reforms measures in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the United States, considering the triggers and factors at work in the policy-making process and seeks to identify patterns and trends. In all four countries, despite differences in pension structure, similar measures have been taken to encourage or impose a delay in the take-up of state pensions. The study explores the similarities and differences between these in order to establish whether the rationale for raising the entitlement age was the same in each case, whether the reforms had the same aim and whether they addressed the same problem.

Catherine Blair has held a variety of roles in pension and employment policy in the British civil service, and has also worked for a number of years at the European Commission. She was educated at the University of Oxford and the College of Europe in Bruges before completing her Doctorate at the University of Bremen.

Introduction

PART I: THE WORLD OF ANALYSIS: PENSION SYSTEMS AND THEIR REFORMS IN OECD COUNTRIES

1. Ordering Chaos
2. Changing Ages
3. Beyond Convergence and Divergence: Choosing the Cases

PART II: ANALYSING PENSIONABLE AGE CHANGES IN FOUR COUNTRIES
4. Early Birds and Laggards? A Comparison of the USA and France
5. Similar, Yet Different? A comparison of Germany and the United Kingdom
PART III: BRINGING THE STORIES TOGETHER
6. Acting and Reacting: The Public-Private Interplay in Pensionable Age Reforms
7. Acquiring the Ability to Reform
8. Reconciling the Approaches
Conclusion



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