Shifting responsibilities in Western European pension systems: What future for social models?

Ebbinghaus, Bernhard ; Whiteside, Noel

Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: Global Social Policy
Volume: 12
Issue number: 3
Page range: 266-282
Place of publication: Los Angeles, Calif. [u.a.]
Publishing house: Sage
ISSN: 1468-0181
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
School of Social Sciences > Soziologie III, Makrosoziologie (Ebbinghaus 2004-2016)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: A liberal paradigm shift from state to private responsibility in old age income protection has been a general development across Western Europe. The financial crisis sheds new light on the question of the public–private divide in pension policy. Applying convention theory, the analysis reviews how funded pensions are governed and how states use a range of regulation to control their operations as they seek to convert market-related practices to social policy purposes. The article argues that accruing state regulation consequent on coping with the financial crisis and its aftermath has undermined easy distinctions between public and private schemes, and is generating increasingly technocratic and oligarchic forms of pension governance, to the detriment of democratic debate on pensions.

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