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Work and Welfare in Europe

Labour Market Flexibility and Pension Reforms

Flexible Today, Secure Tomorrow?

Editors: Hinrichs, K., Jessoula, M. (Eds.)

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Increasingly flexible labour markets and reforms of old-age pension systems are still ranking high on the political agenda of European countries. This volume investigates whether, and to what extent, the interplay between pension reforms and the spread of 'atypical' employment patterns and fragmented careers has a negative influence uponeconomic security in old age. The volume, therefore, analyzes the flexibility-security nexus by focusing on the post-retirement phase, thus extending the conventional narrow concept of 'flexicurity'. The book also questions whetherreforms of public and private pension schemes compensate or aggravate the risks of increasingly flexible labor markets and atypical employment careers after retirement? Around this overarching research question, the various contributions in the volume employ the same analytical framework in order to map, and then compare, the developments in seven European countries - Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and the UK which present different labour market arrangements and various degrees of flexibility, as well as diverse pension systems.

About the authors

KAREN M. ANDERSON Associate Professor of Political Science at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands IGOR GUARDIANCICH PhD Researcher at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy SILJA HÄUSERMANN Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics, Zurich University, Switzerland DAVID NATALI Assistant Professor at the Centre for Public Policy Analysis, University of Bologna, Italy NIELS PLOUG Director of Social Statistics, Statistics Denmark and Research Associate at the SFI The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Denmark HANNA SCHWANDER Research Fellow and Doctoral Student in Comparative Politics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

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'...a well researched, well edited, and clearly written book, and anyone with anything to do with pensions policy should be reading it.' - Citizen's Income Trust


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Labour Market Flexibility and Pension Reforms: What Prospects for Security in Old Age?

    Hinrichs, Karl (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • Germany: A Flexible Labour Market Plus Pension Reforms Means Poverty in Old Age

    Hinrichs, Karl

    Pages 29-61

  • A Risky Combination in Italy: ‘Selective Flexibility’ and Defined Contributions Pensions

    Jessoula, Matteo

    Pages 62-92

  • Poland: Are Flexible Labour Markets Ready for Individualized Pensions?

    Guardiancich, Igor

    Pages 93-122

  • Lessons from the UK: When Multi-Pillar Pension Systems Meet Flexible Labour Markets

    Natali, David

    Pages 125-154

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Labour Market Flexibility and Pension Reforms
Book Subtitle
Flexible Today, Secure Tomorrow?
Editors
  • K. Hinrichs
  • M. Jessoula
Series Title
Work and Welfare in Europe
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-30760-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230307605
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-29006-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-33124-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 262
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