The Varieties of Pension Governance: Pension Privatization in Europe

Hardcover | April 24, 2011

EditorBernhard Ebbinghaus

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The ongoing privatization of pensions - the shift from state to private responsibility for old age retirement income - raises fundamental issues of social and participatory rights. The recent financial market crisis makes the problematic nature of funded private pensions that fall short ofexpected returns dramatically clear. What have been the experiences in developed multipillar systems? What can be learned for those pensions systems currently under reform? This edited book compares the varieties of pension governance in ten European countries. Contrasting the experience of developed multipillar systems such as Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Switzerland with the recent shift toward private occupational and personal pensions in Belgium, France,Finland, Germany, Italy, and Sweden. The country chapters investigate how and why old age income responsibilities are being shifted to employers, unions, and individuals. They describe the changing public and private pension mix, and describe the particular features of the private occupational andpersonal pensions. In particular this book discusses four major questions: who is covered, what kind of benefits, who pays, and who governs? Three comparative analyses provide an additional value, describing the long-term institutional change from public to multipillar pension systems, the variations in regulation and governance of private pensions, and the consequences for income inequality in old age. This book combines the benefitsof a reference work - ten up-to-date country studies of major pension systems in Europe - with three cross-national comparative empirical analyses that provide comprehensive information on important aspects of the reform development, societal governance, and social outcomes of pensionsystems.

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The ongoing privatization of pensions - the shift from state to private responsibility for old age retirement income - raises fundamental issues of social and participatory rights. The recent financial market crisis makes the problematic nature of funded private pensions that fall short ofexpected returns dramatically clear. What hav...

Bernhard Ebbinghaus is Director of the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) at the University of Mannheim and Professor of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence and his Habilitation from the University of Cologne. He was Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 24, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Comparing Pension Privatization in Europe1. Bernhard Ebbinghaus: Introduction: Studying Pension Privatization in Europe2. Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Mareike Gronwald: The Changing Public-Private Pension Mix in Europe: From Path Dependence to Path DeparturePart II: Bismarckian Late-Comers to Multipillar Pension Systems3. Johan J. De Deken: Belgium: The Paradox of Persisting Voluntarism in a Corporatist Welfare State4. Marek Naczyk and Bruno Palier: France: Promoting Funded Pensions in Bismarckian Corporatism?5. Bernhard Ebbinghaus, Mareike Gronwald and Tobias Wiss: Germany: Departing from Bismarckian Public Pensions6. Matteo Jessoula: Italy: From Bismarckian Pensions to Multipillarization under Adverse ConditionsPart III: Emergent Nordic Multipillar Pension Systems7. Jorgen Goul Andersen: Denmark: The Silent Revolution toward a Multipillar Pension System8. Olli Kangas and Paivi Luna: Finland: From Statutory Pension Dominance towards Voluntary Private Schemes9. Gabriella Sjogren Lindquist and Eskil Wadensjo: Sweden: A Viable Public-Private Pension SystemPart IV: Mature Multipillar Pension Systems10. Paul Bridgen and Traute Meyer: Great Britain: Exhausted Voluntarism - The Evolution of Britain's Hybrid Pension Regime11. Karen M. Anderson: The Netherlands: Adapting a Multipillar Pension System to Demographic and Economic Change12. Giuliano Bonoli and Silja Hausermann: Switzerland: Regulating a Public-Private Heritage of Multipillar Pension GovernancePart V: Comparing Pension Systems and their Outcome13. Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Tobias Wiss: The Governance and Regulation of Private Pensions in Europe14. Bernhard Ebbinghaus and Jorg Neugschwender: The Public-Private Mix and Old Age Income Inequality in Europe