© 2012

Labour Market Flexibility and Pension Reforms

Flexible Today, Secure Tomorrow?

  • Karl Hinrichs
  • Matteo Jessoula

Part of the Work and Welfare in Europe book series (RECOWE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Labour Market Flexibility and Pension Reforms: What Prospects for Security in Old Age?

  3. Traditional Single-Pillar Countries

  4. Traditional Multi-Pillar Countries

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Matteo Jessoula, Karl Hinrichs
      Pages 233-250
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 251-262

About this book


Increasingly flexible labour markets and reforms of old-age pension systems are still ranking high on the political agenda of European countries. This volume investigates whether, and to what extent, the interplay between pension reforms and the spread of 'atypical' employment patterns and fragmented careers has a negative influence uponeconomic security in old age. The volume, therefore, analyzes the flexibility-security nexus by focusing on the post-retirement phase, thus extending the conventional narrow concept of 'flexicurity'. The book also questions whetherreforms of public and private pension schemes compensate or aggravate the risks of increasingly flexible labor markets and atypical employment careers after retirement? Around this overarching research question, the various contributions in the volume employ the same analytical framework in order to map, and then compare, the developments in seven European countries - Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and the UK which present different labour market arrangements and various degrees of flexibility, as well as diverse pension systems.


European Union (EU) Germany income labor market Nation Poverty reforms Welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Karl Hinrichs
    • 1
  • Matteo Jessoula
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BremenGermany
  2. 2.University of MilanItaly

About the editors

KAREN M. ANDERSON Associate Professor of Political Science at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands IGOR GUARDIANCICH PhD Researcher at the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy SILJA HÄUSERMANN Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics, Zurich University, Switzerland DAVID NATALI Assistant Professor at the Centre for Public Policy Analysis, University of Bologna, Italy NIELS PLOUG Director of Social Statistics, Statistics Denmark and Research Associate at the SFI The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Denmark HANNA SCHWANDER Research Fellow and Doctoral Student in Comparative Politics, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Bibliographic information


'...a well researched, well edited, and clearly written book, and anyone with anything to do with pensions policy should be reading it.' - Citizen's Income Trust