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The Evolution of Supplementary Pensions: 25 Years of Pension Reform

Edited by: James Kolaczkowski, Michelle Maher, Jacob Werbrouck

ISBN13: 9781800372979
Published: January 2022
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £145.00

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Presenting the evolution of supplementary pensions over the past 25 years, this comprehensive book introduces the origin of pensions as a concept and explores the role that international organisations play within the field. It draws comparisons between different welfare states, reflecting upon current research and identifying new directions and ideas.

Despite observing significant differences in the approaches to pension design, the book identifies common challenges, including the need to provide for an increasingly aging population, slow economic growth following the 2008 global financial crisis, the need for effective regulation, and increased labour market flexibility. Leading scholars analyse the experiences of a broad range of countries and offer insights into their responses to the numerous challenges faced by national pension systems. The book covers significant moments in pensions history following the World Bank’s 1994 report on Averting the Old Age Crisis, and subsequent responses to challenges posed by longevity and economic crises.

This book will be an ideal companion for academic researchers and financial law scholars interested in pensions and looking to develop an international perspective on the issue, as well as professionals in the pensions industry who are engaging with other countries and looking to develop their knowledge of overseas pension systems.

Pensions Law
1. Introduction
James Kolaczkowski, Yves Stevens and Jakob Markus Werbrouck
2. On the origin of pensions
Yves Stevens
3. The role of international organizations in the last 25 years and their effect on pension reforms throughout the world
Paul Roels
4. Belgium: 25 years of occupational pension schemes for employees in Belgium from a legal perspective
Emma Suzanne van Aggelen and Jakob Markus Werbrouck
5. Finland: Pension reforms in Finland
Susan Kuivalainen and Kati Kuitto
6. France: A national overview
Arnauld D’Yvoire
7. Germany: About unpopular but necessary reforms
Heinz-Dietrich Steinmeyer
8. Greece: Α perpetual struggle against the sovereignty of public pension regimes
Gabriel Amitsis
9. Ireland: Talking about change – Pension reform in Ireland 1994–2019
Michelle Maher
10. Italy: The Italian pension system – reform trajectories and open issues
Felice Roberto Pizzuti and Michele Raitano
11. The Netherlands: Pensions in the Netherlands – from defined benefit to defined contribution
Erik Lutjens
12. Poland: A preliminary assessment
Marek Szczepański, Joanna Ratajczak, Kamila Bielawska, Joanna Rutecka-Góra and Sylwia Pieńkowska-Kamieniecka
13. The development of supplementary pensions in Portugal: Influenced by ideas, the process of European integration and national idiosyncrasies
Maria Clara Murteira
14. Spain: The evolution of the Spanish private pension system: 1994–2019
Inmaculada Domínguez Fabián and John A. Turner
15. Sweden: (Supplementary) pensions 1994–2019
Eskil Wadensjö
16. Switzerland: 25 years of occupational pension provision (1995–2020)
Jacques-André Schneider
17. The United Kingdom: Political and labour market influences
Bryn Davies and James Kolaczkowski
18. The United States: The evolution of the US pension system – 1994–2019
Jonathan Barry Forman, Dana M. Muir and John A. Turner
19. Pensions and the paradox of Trust: Developments over the past 25 years
Kamila Bielawska, Sally Shen and John A. Turner
20. Changes in approach to risk sharing in supplementary pension schemes
Anna Gierusz, Patrycja Kowalczyk-Rólczyńska, Agnieszka Pobłocka and Joanna Rutecka-Góra
21. Editors’ view and conclusion
James Kolaczkowski, Yves Stevens and Jakob Markus Werbrouck