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Membership or Influence Logic? The Response of Organized Interests to Retirement Age Reforms in Britain and Germany

  • Julia Klitzke
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Abstract

Across pension systems, the raising of the statutory retirement age has been one of the most salient pension policy issues in recent years. This chapter investigates how interest organizations (trade unions, social advocacy groups, employer organizations, and financial services) have positioned themselves regarding retirement age reforms in Britain and Germany. The analysis is based on interviews that were carried out with representatives of these stakeholders in 2011 and 2012. Policy positions are mapped in a two-dimensional policy space distinguishing reform support and the salience of the issue. The results confirm expectations and show an overall alignment of policy positions along a labour/capital divide. Nevertheless, policy positions of individual organizations are revealed as more complex since similar organizations differ in their positioning depending on the country.

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  • Julia Klitzke
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  1. 1.Bobenheim-RoxheimGermany

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