Social Policy & Administration

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Edited By: Ian Greener, Bent Greve

Impact Factor: 1.143

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 9/40 (Social Work); 15/42 (Social Issues); 17/46 (Public Administration); 21/55 (Planning & Development)

Online ISSN: 1467-9515

SP&A E-Special Issue on Pensions


Pension has been a cornerstone in welfare states for a long time. It was among the first risk to be covered when welfare states developed and it has been discussed in most countries in the light of and possible influence by, the demographic changes. Whether to organize pension system as a Pay As You Go (PAYG) or funded systems or combinations hereof have been an issue in pension policy for long time. Other central themes for pension systems relates to how long one should work, how to calculate the pension (as percentages of best income, average income for example) or whether it should be a defined benefit or defined contribution. The age of retirement and expectation regarding how many years to have worked before achieving pension has been other central themes for pension discussion. The impact on distribution, between generations and between men and women has been other central themes in the pension debate.

This special e-issue has its focus on pension and pension reforms by including articles from Social Policy & Administration on this theme over a period of more than 20 years. This special issue thus hopefully will make it possible to be informed on central themes in the pension area, and, at the same time getting information on central aspects related to how and why system has changed as they have over the last 20 years. Principles for how to organize and structure pension systems in diverse welfare states should thus be clear when having read the selected articles. The selection criteria has been to have a variety of articles dealing with pension and have them over a substantial numbers of year with different focus points on pensions, however with a central issue being pension reforms and reasons for reforms. Several of the contributions also have a comparative focus making it possible to get information of central changes in pensions systems – especially related to countries in Europe.

Read the full Editorial Introduction here.

Problems of Pension Policy. American, British, Danish and German Ideas
Jørn Henrik Petersen

A Disaster Foretold? The Case of Personal Pension
Barbara Waine

Policy Change at a Time of Retrenchment: Recent Pension Reform in France, Germany, Italy and the UK
Peter Taylor-Gooby

“Risk” and the UK Pension Reform
Patrick Ring

When Is a Change Big Enough to Be a System Shift? Small System-shifting Changes in German and Finnish Pension Policies
Karl Hinrichs & Olli Kangas

Shifting the Pension Mix: Consequences for Dutch and Danish Women
Patricia Frericks, Robert Maier & Willibrord de Graaf

When Past Reforms Open New Opportunities: Comparing Old-age Insurance Reforms in Bismarckian Welfare Systems
Giuliano Bonoli & Bruno Palier

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