European Industrial Relations Review, issue 354, 2003, p.25-28
Looks in detail at the Austrian government's pension reform proposals which revolve round a handful of key measures including the abolition of early retirement options and a large reduction in the value of new pensions.
European Industrial Relations Review, issue 353, 2003, p.14-17
Presents an overview of the planned reform of the French pension system. The draft legislation aims to:
O. O'Donnell and P. Tinios
Political Studies, vol. 51, 2003, p.262-281
Paper explores ways in which public attitudes have influenced pension reform in Greece. Here widespread dissatisfaction with the pension system is combined with fierce opposition to reform. Political opposition to reform appears to be rooted in limited knowledge of the parameters of current pension arrangements, lack of appreciation of the consequences of fiscal pressures on the system, aversion to change generated by its inherent uncertainty, and the influence of powerful minorities.
R. Haveman and others
Demography, vol.40, 2003, p.369-394
Examines the economic status of a sample of recipients of the US state pension shortly after their retirement in 1982 and 10 years later in 1991. Found that early retirement is strongly and positively associated with pensioner poverty. Early retirees, single women and widows experienced large declines in income over the decade following their retirement.
M. Hyde, J. Dixon and G. Drover
Social Policy and Society, vol.2, 2003, p.189-197
Public pension privatisation in Europe has been seen as being part of a broader programme of welfare retrenchment, informed by neoliberal values, that will intensify poverty among future generations of pensioners. Article takes issue with these assumptions. Argues that public pensions privatisation approaches adopted have been consistent to varying degrees with Western Europe's collectivist ideological heritage. The West European experience suggests that collective responsibility for needs satisfaction in the pensions field can be pursued by means other than direct public provision, such as "social partners" provision, "social market" provision and "regulated market" provision.