Rethinking the Welfare State: The Political Economy of Pension Reform

Rethinking the Welfare State: The Political Economy of Pension Reform

by Martin Rein
     
 

ISBN-10: 1843761025

ISBN-13: 9781843761020

Pub. Date: 02/28/2004

Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.

Sixteen papers, presented by Rein (social policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US) and Schmähl (economics, U. of Bremen, UK), comparatively examine changing systems of pensions in mature industrial economies as well as economies in transition. Combining individual case studies with broader theoretical work, the papers collectively explore find a number

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Sixteen papers, presented by Rein (social policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US) and Schmähl (economics, U. of Bremen, UK), comparatively examine changing systems of pensions in mature industrial economies as well as economies in transition. Combining individual case studies with broader theoretical work, the papers collectively explore find a number of shared patterns, including extending coverage of private pensions, the substitution of private for public, the transition of employer-provided and financed pensions, and greater "flexibility" in contracts. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843761020
Publisher:
Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contributorsviii
Introduction1
Part IThe Experience of Mature Welfare States in Western Economies
AContracting out: the experience in the United Kingdom and Japan
1Contracting out of the state pension system: the British experience of carrots and sticks19
2The relationship between the role of the corporate pension and the public pension plan in Japan56
BMandating of contractual agreements: Australia, Switzerland and the Netherlands
3Reforming pensions: the Australian experience83
4The institutionalization of the Swiss multi-pillar pension system102
5The quality of the Dutch pension system: will it be sustainable in the twenty-first century?122
CCarve-outs: Germany, USA and Swedish financial accounts
6Paradigm shift in German pension policy: measures aiming at a new public-private mix and their effects153
7Individual accounts and the continuing debate over social security reform in the United States205
8Public pension reform and contractual agreements in Sweden: from defined benefit to defined contribution226
DPathways towards a mixed public-private pension system
9How societies mix public and private spheres in their pension systems251
10Whose money is it anyhow? Governance and social investment in collective investment funds294
Part IIEconomies in Transition and Latin America
11Home-made pension reforms in Central and Eastern Europe and the evolution of the World Bank approach to modern pension systems319
12Public and private mix in the Polish pension system334
13Conflicting interests in shaping Hungary's new private pension scheme348
14Latin American and East European pension reforms: accounting for a paradigm shift372
Part IIIThe Public-Private Mix and Wellbeing in Aged Households
15The public-private mix of retirement income in nine OECD countries: some evidence from micro data and an exploration of its implications395
16Income packaging and economic wellbeing in the last stage of the working career412
Index439

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